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Whisker Brush
Leptosiphon ciliatus
About Whisker Brush (Leptosiphon ciliatus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Leptosiphon ciliatus (syn. Linanthus ciliatus) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name whiskerbrush. It is native to California, Baja California (M xico), Nevada, and Oregon, growing below 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) in elevation. It is native to California, Baja California (M xico), Nevada, and Oregon, growing below 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) in elevation. It is a common plant in many types of habitats, including chaparral, oak woodland, grassland, yellow pine forest, red fir forest, lodgepole forest, and subalpine forest. Leptosiphon ciliatus is a hairy annual herb producing a thin stem up to about 30 centimeters tall. The leaves are each divided into needle-like lobes up to 2 centimeters long, with leaf pairs appearing as a cluster of narrow lobes. The tip of the stem has an inflorescence of one or more flowers each with a long, hairy tube up to 2. 5 centimeters long emerging from the leaf-like sepals. The face of the flower is less than a centimeter wide and pale to bright pink with white and yellow coloring and reddish spots on the throat. The bloom period is March to July, depending on altitude and latitude.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.8 - 11.8 in tall

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.0" - 104.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 3.57", Coldest Month: 21.9" - 51.3", Hottest Month: 46.5" - 78.5", Humidity: 0.49" - 27.60", Elevation: 101" - 10369"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Whisker Brush Linanthus, Whisker Linanthus, Whisker-brush, Whiskerbrush

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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