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Pumice Alpinegold
Hulsea vestita
About Pumice Alpinegold (Hulsea vestita) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Hulsea vestita is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common name pumice alpinegold. It is native to eastern and southern California, where various subspecies grow in separate mountain ranges from the High Sierra to the Transverse Ranges and Peninsular Ranges, and Madrean Sky Islands in the Mojave Desert. One subspecies (Hulsea vestita ssp. inyoensis) also occurs in western Nevada. Hulsea vestita is a perennial herb growing a basal patch of thick leaves and stems up to a meter (40 inches) tall, but generally much shorter. The woolly, spoon-shaped leaves are gray-green and may have ruffled edges. The thick flower heads have glandular, hairy green phyllaries. The center of the daisylike head contains many long golden disc florets and a fringe of golden to reddish ray florets up to 2 centimeters (0. 8 inches) long. SubspeciesSubspecies of Hulsea vestita include:Hulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha (beautiful hulsea) - Southern California Hulsea vestita ssp. gabrielensis (San Gabriel Mtns. sunflower) - San Gabriel Mountains, other Transverse Ranges. Hulsea vestita ssp. inyoensis (Inyo hulsea, pumice alpinegold) - Inyo Mountains, Death Valley N. P. ranges, and others in Inyo/Mono Counties & W. Nevada. Hulsea vestita ssp. parryi (Parry's alpinegold) - San Bernardino Mountains, other Transverse & Peninsular ranges, Sierras. Hulsea vestita ssp. pygmaea (pygmy alpinegold) - San Bernardino Mnts, Southern Sierras. Hulsea vestita ssp. vestita (pumice alpinegold) - Sierras, east Transverse ranges.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Red, Yellow

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.6" - 52.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.40" - 3.57", Coldest Month: 18.7" - 50.4", Hottest Month: 38.6" - 79.4", Humidity: 1.10" - 31.27", Elevation: 1960" - 13069"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Pumice Hulsea

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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