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Abert's Sanvitalia
Sanvitalia abertii
About Abert's Sanvitalia (Sanvitalia abertii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sanvitalia abertii is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names Abert's creeping zinnia and Abert's sanvitalia. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in desert scrub, desert mountains and woodlands. It is an annual herb somewhat variable in appearance. The mainly erect stem may be 2 to 29 centimeters tall, and simple or with many branches. The linear or lance-shaped leaves are a few centimeters long. The plant is coated in rough hairs. The inflorescence is a cyme of flower heads with thick, leathery yellow ray florets 2 or 3 millimeters long and notched at the tips. The fruit is an achene. Achenes arising from the ray florets are light-colored and tipped with pappi, while those from the disc florets at the center of the flower head are darker and lack pappi.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.8 - 11.4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.5" - 11.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.85" - 2.84", Coldest Month: 42.3" - 50.1", Hottest Month: 66.5" - 73.0", Humidity: 4.93" - 26.01", Elevation: 4038" - 5917"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Abert's Creeping Zinnia, Albert Creeping Zinnia, Albert's Creeping Zinnia

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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