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Fringed Linanthus
Linanthus dianthiflorus

About Fringed Linanthus (Linanthus dianthiflorus) Linanthus dianthiflorus is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common names fringed linanthus and ground pink. It is endemic to southern California, where it can be found in many types of local open habitat, such as chaparral and coastal sage scrub. This is an annual herb producing a very thin, hairy stem no more than about 12 centimeters long. The leaves are linear to threadlike and unlobed, reaching up to 2 centimeters long. The flower cluster bears several leaves and one or more flowers with hairy leaflike sepals. Each flower has pale pink lobes with fringed or toothed tips and purple spots at the bases. The throat of the flower has yellow and white coloration.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.9 - 7.9 in (4.8 - 20.1 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places


Elevation ?
-131' - 6109'

Annual Precip. ?
2.5" - 34.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.31"

Coldest Month ?
39.9° F - 61.2° F

Hottest Month ?
65.2° F - 90.0° F

Humidity ?
1.15 vpd - 47.02 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Fringedlinanthus, Ground Pink

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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