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Navarretia squarrosa
About Skunkbush (Navarretia squarrosa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Navarretia squarrosa (skunkweed, California stinkweed ) is a spreading annual plant from North America which is noted for its skunk-like odour. It grows to between 10 and 60 centimeter in height and has tubular lilac pink to deep blue flowers up to 12 millimeter in diameter in dense terminal heads, encircled by a spiny sepals and leafs. The leaves are pinnately lobed and spiny. The species is native to British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California, and is naturalised elsewhere, including Australia and New Zealand.. It is commonly found at elevations of less than 800 meters on open, wet, gravelly flats and slopes.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.33 - 2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Blue

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, wet, gravelly flats, slopes

Annual Precipitation: 15.1" - 94.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 2.50", Coldest Month: 37.1" - 51.0", Hottest Month: 58.2" - 75.1", Humidity: 0.01" - 24.13", Elevation: 7" - 4668"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Skunkweed

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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