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Hernandez Bluecurls
Trichostema rubisepalum
About Hernandez Bluecurls (Trichostema rubisepalum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Trichostema rubisepalum is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name Hernandez's bluecurls. The plant is endemic to California. It has a disjunct distribution occurring in two main locations: the southern Diablo Range east of the Salinas Valley in San Benito County, and the western Sierra Nevada foothills, primarily within Mariposa County and Tuolumne County. Its habitats include chaparral, foothill oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, intermittent streambeds, and seasonal pools. It has an affinity to serpentine soils. Trichostema rubisepalum is annual herb that grows to approximately 0. 5 metres (1. 6 ft) in maximum height. Its aromatic foliage is coated in long and short glandular and nonglandular hairs. The leaves are lance-shaped. The inflorescence is a long cyme of flowers growing from the stem between each leaf pair. Each flower has a hairy calyx of pointed sepals which often take on a dark red coloration. The flower has a tubular throat and a lipped, purple corolla. The four protruding, curved stamens are about half a centimeter long. Its bloom period is from June to July.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.6 ft tall


Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 4 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 15.1" - 73.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.36" - 2.13", Coldest Month: 35.3" - 49.2", Hottest Month: 56.5" - 74.0", Humidity: 2.57" - 22.18", Elevation: 993" - 6478"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hernandez's Bluecurls

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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