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Pyrrocoma apargioides
About Alpineflames (Pyrrocoma apargioides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Pyrrocoma apargioides is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name alpineflames. It is native to the western United States from the Sierra Nevada of California east to Utah, where it grows in the forests and meadows of high mountains. It is a perennial herb growing from a taproot and producing one or more stems to 30 centimeters in length. The stems are decumbent or upright, reddish, and hairless to slightly woolly. Most of the leaves are located around the base. They are thick and leathery, lance-shaped with large sawteeth along the edges, and measure up to 10 centimeters long. The inflorescence is usually a single flower head lined with centimeter-long phyllaries which are reddish to green with red edges. The head has a center of yellow disc florets and a fringe of ray florets which are yellow, often splashed with red along the undersides, measuring up to 1. 6 centimeters in length. The fruit is an achene which may be well over a centimeter in length including its pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

7.2 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky slopes, meadows, open areas

Annual Precipitation: 11.2" - 66.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 3.91", Coldest Month: 19.9" - 56.0", Hottest Month: 38.7" - 72.5", Humidity: 0.73" - 20.13", Elevation: 371" - 13138"

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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