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San Luis Obispo Monardella
Monardella undulata ssp. undulata
About San Luis Obispo Monardella (Monardella undulata ssp. undulata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Monardella frutescens is a rare species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name San Luis Obispo monardella. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the sand dunes and scrub on the coastline of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. It is a perennial herb producing several purple stems. The thin, narrow, wavy-edged leaves are 1 to 5 centimeters long and borne in clusters along the stem. The flower cluster is a head of several flowers blooming in a cup of papery purplish to straw-colored leafs. The flowers are purple to pink in color. This species sometimes hybridizes with its relative, Monardella crispa, which shares its habitat.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Stabilized dunes, sandy

Annual Precipitation: 13.6" - 37.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 1.28", Coldest Month: 37.1" - 50.6", Hottest Month: 63.2" - 69.0", Humidity: 0.88" - 21.30", Elevation: 3" - 3532"

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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