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Rixford Rockwort
Scopulophila rixfordii
About Rixford Rockwort (Scopulophila rixfordii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Scopulophila rixfordii is a species of flowering plant in the pink family (Caryophyllaceae) known by the common name Rixford's rockwort. It is native to the deserts of eastern California, Nevada, and probably Arizona, where it grows in rocky habitat, including sheer limestone cliffs and canyons. It produces a branching stem 10 to 30 centimeters long which anchors to its substrate by a taproot. It has areas of woolly fibers on the stem but is mostly hairless. There are small, fleshy green leaves with linear or lance-shaped blades oppositely arranged along the stem. Each is accompanied by a small, pointed stipule. Flowers occur in the leaf axils and are solitary or arranged in small clusters. The flowers have no petals but thin white sepals with thin membranous edges.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.9" - 32.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.54" - 2.12", Coldest Month: 36.2" - 51.3", Hottest Month: 62.4" - 76.4", Humidity: 2.96" - 30.60", Elevation: 3349" - 6234"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Rixford's Rockwort

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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