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Sharsmith's Stickseed
Hackelia sharsmithii
About Sharsmith's Stickseed (Hackelia sharsmithii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Hackelia sharsmithii is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name Sharsmith's stickseed. It is native to the Sierra Nevada of California, where its range extends along ridges surrounding the intersection of Inyo County and Fresno and Tulare Counties, including Mount Whitney. It is a plant of rocky habitat, such as talus. It is a hairy perennial herb up to about 30 centimeters tall. Most of the leaves are located around the base of the plant, reaching up to 14 centimeters long. Leaves higher on the stem are shorter and narrower. The hairy inflorescence is an open array of branches, each a coiling panicle of light blue flowers. The fruit is a cluster of nutlets, sometimes bearing prickles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Blue

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 14.4" - 55.5", Summer Precipitation: 1.45" - 2.58", Coldest Month: 19.1" - 34.2", Hottest Month: 41.0" - 60.1", Humidity: 1.66" - 15.97", Elevation: 7624" - 13027"

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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