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Shorthorn Steer's Head Back to Plant Page
Dicentra pauciflora

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About Shorthorn Steer's Head (Dicentra pauciflora) Dicentra pauciflora is a species of flowering plant in Dicentra, the genus containing the bleeding-hearts. Its common names include shorthorn steer's head and few-flowered bleeding-heart. This perennial wildflower is native to the US states of Oregon and California, where it grows high in the mountains in gravelly soils. This is a short bleeding-heart, approaching 10 centimeters in maximum height. From a rhizome beneath the soil it extends several erect petioles, each holding a leaf divided into leaflets which are each divided into smooth, fingerlike lobes. It also erects a thin stem which is topped with an inflorescence of one to three nodding flowers. Each flower is a shade of pink or purple to white, with two curving outer petals flexed back against the flower, and inner petals extended straight outward. The fruit is a capsule just over a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.2 - 4 in (3 - 10.2 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4337' - 9097'

Annual Precip. ?
24.2" - 125.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.85" - 3.91"

Coldest Month ?
29.2° F - 44.8° F

Hottest Month ?
47.2° F - 70.0° F

Humidity ?
1.80 vpd - 21.84 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Shorthorn Steer's-head, Few-flowered Bleeding-heart

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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