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Purple Mountain Heath
Phyllodoce breweri
  
About Purple Mountain Heath (Phyllodoce breweri) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Phyllodoce breweri is a species of flowering plant in the heath family known by the common names purple mountain heath and Brewer's mountain heather. It is native to California, where it can be found in mountain ranges including the southern Cascade Range, the San Bernardino Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada, its distribution extending into Nevada. It grows in rocky subalpine mountain habitat, such as slopes and meadows. Phyllodoce breweri is a matlike shrub with many short stems lined densely with leathery evergreen needlelike leaves. The inflorescence is a cluster of several flowers toward the ends of the stems, with some flowers occurring below in leaf axils. The bright purple-pink flowers are cup-shaped as the petals are fused except for the very tips, which roll under. At the center of the flower is a yellow ovary and ten long, protruding stamens tipped with large anthers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
1 ft tall

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Pink, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Landscaping Information
Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sandy soils

Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 8.4" - 123.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 4.14", Coldest Month: 17.9" - 53.0", Hottest Month: 38.4" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.70" - 26.19", Elevation: 332" - 14460"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Brewer's Mountain Heather, Brewer's Mountain-heather, Purple Mountainheath


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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