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Curlyleaf Monardella
Monardella undulata
About Curlyleaf Monardella (Monardella undulata) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Monardella undulata is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name curlyleaf monardella. It is endemic to the coast of California from Sonoma to Santa Barbara Counties, where it is known from several coastal habitat types, including dunes, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and forest. Monardella undulata is a mostly hairless annual herb producing an erect, reddish stem up to 0. 5 metres (1. 6 ft) in height, and 2. 5 metres (8. 2 ft) in diameter. The fleshy, wavy-edged leaves are located in clusters along the stem. The inflorescence is a head of several flowers blooming in a small cup of rough-haired, sometimes purple-tinged bracts up to 3 centimeters wide. The flowers are purple in color and up to 2 centimeters long. Subspecies. Subspecies include:Monardella undulata ssp. arguelloensis - endemic to Point Arguello in Santa Barbara County. Monardella undulata ssp. crispa - endemic to coastal sage scrub habitats of northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County. Monardella undulata ssp. undulata - endemic to coastal sage scrub habitats of northern Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obispo Counties. The plant is threatened by forces that degrade its coastline habitat, such as sand mining and competing introduced plant species. This species is an important food plant for the endangered Myrtle's silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene myrtleae), which eats its nectar.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.33 - 1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information

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

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 13.6" - 50.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 1.28", Coldest Month: 37.1" - 52.7", Hottest Month: 58.0" - 75.6", Humidity: 0.47" - 23.85", Elevation: 3" - 3663"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Curly-leaved Monardella, Curlyleaf Mountainbalm

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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