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Spotted Hideseed
Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia

About Spotted Hideseed (Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia) Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia is a species of flowering plant in the waterleaf family known by the common name spotted hideseed. It is native to the southwestern United States and adjacent Baja California, where it can be found in a number of habitats from coast to mountain to desert. This is one of two species of Eucrypta, which are sticky, aromatic annual herbs. This species produces an erect to leaning stem well over half a meter in maximum height. The leaves are roughly oval in shape but are intricately divided into many lobes which are subdivided into many smaller lobes, making the leaf lacy in texture. Leaves higher up on the stem have fewer dissections. The flower cluster holds a number of small flowers which droop as they grow heavier with the developing fruit. Each flower is less than a centimeter long and generally whitish in color. The fruit is a bristly capsule about 3 millimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.6 - 3 ft (0.49 - 0.9 m)

Flower Color
Lavender, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Canyon slopes


Elevation ?
-43' - 7419'

Annual Precip. ?
3.1" - 48.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.46"

Coldest Month ?
33.5° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
60.6° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
0.66 vpd - 44.63 vpd

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Common Eucrypta

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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