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San Jacinto Bluecurls
Trichostema austromontanum
  
About San Jacinto Bluecurls (Trichostema austromontanum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Trichostema austromontanum is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name San Jacinto bluecurls. It is native to California from the mountains east of the Sierra Nevada to the Transverse Ranges and Peninsular Ranges, its distribution extending south into Baja California. It occurs in wet mountain meadows and on the shores of lakes. It is an annual herb approaching half a meter in maximum height, its aromatic herbage coated in glandular and nonglandular hairs. The elongated or lance-shaped leaves are 2 to 5 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a series of clusters of flowers located at each leaf pair. Each flower has a hairy calyx of pointed sepals and a tubular, lipped purple corolla. The four stamens are long and curved. There are two subspecies. The rarer, ssp. compactum, the Hidden Lake bluecurls, is known only from one location at Hidden Lake, a small seasonal alpine lake in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County, California. It is a federally listed threatened species of the United States. The main threat to its existence is trampling by hikers and sightseers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1.6 ft tall

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.9" - 55.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.30" - 2.73", Coldest Month: 26.0" - 53.5", Hottest Month: 51.3" - 77.7", Humidity: 1.65" - 28.81", Elevation: 1448" - 8738"


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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