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San Joaquin Bluecurls
Trichostema ovatum
About San Joaquin Bluecurls (Trichostema ovatum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Trichostema ovatum is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name San Joaquin bluecurls. It is endemic to the San Joaquin Valley of California, where it occurs in grassland habitat, as well as disturbed and alkali soils, such as chenopod scrub. Trichostema ovatum is an annual herb approaching 80 centimeters in maximum height, its aromatic herbage coated in woolly glandular and nonglandular hairs. The pointed oval leaves are 1 or 2 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, measuring up to 1. 6 centimeters long. The plant blooms in May through October, with peak flowering in the hot summer. Adequate rainfall is necessary for germination.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

2.6 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Stagmatophora iridellaStagmatophora iridella

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.1" - 23.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 0.56", Coldest Month: 41.8" - 51.8", Hottest Month: 65.7" - 78.8", Humidity: 2.26" - 27.95", Elevation: 164" - 4640"

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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