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Ground Nama
Nama aretioides
About Ground Nama (Nama aretioides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Nama aretioides is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name ground nama. It is native to the western United States, including much of the Great Basin and Pacific Northwest, where it grows in many types of dry and sandy habitat types, including sagebrush. It is a densely hairy annual plant forming a small patch on the ground with prostrate stems no more than 12 centimeters long. The small leaves are sickle-shaped and coated in coarse hairs. The inflorescence is a cluster of many flowers in shades of white to very light to dark pink, to purplish. Each flower is tubular, opening into a flat face with five partially fused, rounded lobes. The fruit is a capsule a few millimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.2 - 4.7 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 5.0" - 22.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.42" - 2.22", Coldest Month: 31.5" - 50.1", Hottest Month: 58.8" - 76.1", Humidity: 1.70" - 30.32", Elevation: 3543" - 7136"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Purple Mat

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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