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Mountain Prickly Phlox
Linanthus pungens
About Mountain Prickly Phlox (Linanthus pungens) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Linanthus pungens (syn. Leptodactylon pungens) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common names granite prickly-phlox and granite gilia. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Baja California and east to Montana and New Mexico. This plant has been called a shrub or a perennial herb with an especially woody base. It produces several stems which may grow erect or may be short and spreading, forming a mat. Mat-forming plants are more common at higher elevations. When erect it can reach 80 centimeters (2. 6 feet) in height but it is usually shorter. The stems are densely covered in solid, narrow, sharp-pointed leaves. Flowers are solitary or grow in clusters at the ends of the stems. Each funnel-shaped flower is 1 to 2. 5 cm (0. 39 to 0. 98 in) long and may be white, cream, yellowish, or pinkish in color. The flowers generally open in the evening. The flowers and herbage are aromatic. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule with three valves, each valve holding about 5 to 10 seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

1 - 2.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, rocky places

Annual Precipitation: 4.2" - 113.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.24" - 4.46", Coldest Month: 19.2" - 55.6", Hottest Month: 38.8" - 87.0", Humidity: 0.48" - 37.53", Elevation: 36" - 13547"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Leptodactylon pungens
Common Names: Common Pricklygilia, Granite Gilia, Granite Prickly Gilia, Granite Prickly Phlox, Granite Prickly-phlox, Granite Pricklygilia

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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