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Siskiyou Monardella
Monardella purpurea
About Siskiyou Monardella (Monardella purpurea) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Monardella purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common names Siskiyou monardella and serpentine monardella. It is native to the mountains of northern California and southern Oregon, including the Klamath Mountains, where it grows in chaparral and forest, often on serpentine soils. It is a perennial herb producing an erect, purple stem up to about 40 centimeters in maximum height. The oppositely arranged leaves are leathery, widely lance-shaped, and up to 3 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a head of several flowers blooming in a cup of leathery purplish leafs. The pinkish purple flowers are just over a centimeter long, narrow and tubular in shape with pointed lobes and protruding stamens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.33 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Pink

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade


Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
6, 7*, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky slopes

Annual Precipitation: 24.6" - 145.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 5.67", Coldest Month: 34.6" - 50.3", Hottest Month: 53.1" - 70.6", Humidity: 0.31" - 16.91", Elevation: 0" - 7620"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Serpentine Monardella

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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