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Blue Stemmed Keckiella
Keckiella ternata
About Blue Stemmed Keckiella (Keckiella ternata) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Keckiella ternata is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common name scarlet keckiella. It is native to the mountains of southern California and Baja California, where it grows in several local habitat types, including chaparral and woodland. It is a shrub often exceeding two meters in height and spreading slightly with wand-like, waxy branches. The branches bear whorls of three leaves each, or oppositely arranged pairs of leaves. Each toothed, curving leaf is tapered at the base and pointed at the tip, oblong to lance-shaped, and up to 6 centimeters long. The flower cluster is an array of solid red tubular flowers up to 3 centimeters long. The hairy staminode is visible in the mouth of the flower.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

4 - 8 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Flowering Season
Flowering Season

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 8.9" - 52.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.24" - 2.84", Coldest Month: 30.5" - 55.4", Hottest Month: 57.1" - 81.6", Humidity: 1.12" - 33.06", Elevation: 79" - 8590"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Scarlet Beardtongue, Scarlet Keckiella

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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