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Desert Calico
Loeseliastrum matthewsii
  
About Desert Calico (Loeseliastrum matthewsii) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Loeseliastrum matthewsii is an annual herbaceous plant of the Polemoniaceae family known by the common name desert calico. It is native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of western North America, where it is relatively common. It is a small plant with alternately arranged leaves, each up to 4 centimeters long and edged with bristle-tipped teeth. The flower is white, lavender, and purple streaked with a maroon arch over a white patch on each of the upper lobes. The plant was named for Washington Matthews.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Purple, Lavender

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy or gravelly desert washes, flats and slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.2" - 23.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 2.17", Coldest Month: 36.6" - 60.1", Hottest Month: 62.6" - 88.5", Humidity: 2.55" - 40.71", Elevation: 10" - 7117"


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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