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Tailed Kittentails
Synthyris missurica
About Tailed Kittentails (Synthyris missurica) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Synthyris missurica is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common names tailed kittentails and mountain kittentails. It is native to the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where it grows in moist areas in forests and other mountain and foothill habitat types. It has the widest range of any of the nine Synthyris. It is often one of the first wildflowers to bloom in its mountain habitat, sometimes coming up before the snow is melted. It is a rhizomatous perennial herb with a rosette of basal leaves with toothed, rounded blades borne on petioles. The inflorescence is a raceme of bright violet-blue flowers, each about half a centimeter long with two protruding stamens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Blue

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Disturbed places

Annual Precipitation: 19.3" - 45.3", Summer Precipitation: 1.34" - 2.53", Coldest Month: 25.5" - 33.6", Hottest Month: 46.3" - 60.4", Humidity: 1.87" - 15.90", Elevation: 4781" - 9266"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Mountain Kittentails

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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