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Monument Plant
Frasera speciosa
About Monument Plant (Frasera speciosa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Frasera speciosa is a species of flowering plant in the Gentian Family (Gentianaceae) known by the common names elkweed, deer's ears, and monument plant. Growth pattern. It is a perennial herb growing from a woody base surrounded by rosettes of large leaves that measure up to 50 centimeters long by 15 wide. Stems and leaves. It produces a single erect stem which can reach two meters in height. Inflorescense and fruit. The stem bears whorls of lance-shaped, pointed leaves smaller than those at the base. The plant is monocarpic, growing for several years and only flowering once before it dies. Flowering is synchronized among plants in a given area, with widespread, picturesque blooms occurring periodically. It is not known why some plants in an area will not flower in a mass flowering event, or what cues the plants rely on to initiate flowering. The inflorescence is a tall, erect panicle with flowers densely clustered at the top and then spread out in interrupted clusters below. Each flower has a calyx of four pointed sepals and a corolla of four pointed lobes each one to two centimeters long. The corolla is yellow-green with purple spots and each lobe has two fringed nectary pits at the base. There are four stamens tipped with large anthers and a central ovary. It blooms from July to August. Uses and ecological interaction. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Frasera speciosa.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

6.6 ft tall

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 23.8" - 110.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.88" - 3.75", Coldest Month: 23.6" - 46.4", Hottest Month: 46.3" - 66.8", Humidity: 1.02" - 19.83", Elevation: 3706" - 10841"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Deer Ears, Deer's Ears, Elkweed, Green Gentian, Monument-plant, Showy Frasera

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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