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Holly Leaf Navarretia
Navarretia atractyloides
About Holly Leaf Navarretia (Navarretia atractyloides) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Navarretia atractyloides is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name hollyleaf pincushionplant. It is native to the coastal mountain ranges of western North America from Oregon through California to Baja California, where it grows in open areas in local habitat types. It is similar to Navarretia hamata, but lacks the skunky scent of that species, can be more short-glandular than some of those plants, or have lighter blue pollen and indented corolla lobes around San Diego and Orange Counties. N. atractyloides is a hairy annual herb approaching 30 centimeters in height. The leaves are ovate or linear. The flower cluster is a head filled with spine-toothed, leaflike bracts. The flowers tucked amidst the bracts have purple-pinkish corolla lobes and yellow throats, or, in the southern end of the distribution especially, they have white or pinkish white corolla lobes, with reddish veining in their tubular throats or completely pale yellow throats. The flower is just under a centimeter long and has a five-lobed corolla.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.16 - 1 ft tall

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 7, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, rocky or sandy places

Annual Precipitation: 8.8" - 57.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.28", Coldest Month: 35.5" - 56.2", Hottest Month: 58.8" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.41" - 29.42", Elevation: 22" - 7541"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hollyleaf Pincushionplant

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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