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Santa Barbara Wirelettuce
Stephanomeria elata
About Santa Barbara Wirelettuce (Stephanomeria elata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Stephanomeria elata is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names Santa Barbara wirelettuce and Nuttall's wirelettuce. It is native to Oregon and California, where it grows in coastal and inland mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada. It can be found in many types of habitat. It is an annual herb producing a slender, erect stem often exceeding one meter in maximum height. It is hairy to hairless and often glandular. The leaves are mostly located in a basal rosette, the largest reaching 10 centimeters long. Smaller, much-reduced leaves occur farther up the stem. The leaves drop early, leaving the plant naked for most of the year. Flowers occur singly or in small clusters along the stiff branches. Each head contains up to 15 or 16 ray florets, each with an elongated tube and a pink ligule 6 or 7 millimeters long. The fruit is an achene tipped with a spreading cluster of long, plumelike pappus bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

3.3 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Kodiosoma fulvum Image
Kodiosoma fulvumKodiosoma fulvum
Cucullia eulepis Image
Cucullia eulepisCucullia eulepis
Schinia scarletina Image
Schinia scarletinaSchinia scarletina

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 11.1" - 81.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 1.55", Coldest Month: 32.8" - 55.6", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 77.5", Humidity: 0.47" - 26.18", Elevation: 6" - 8953"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Nuttall's Wirelettuce

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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