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Diablo Sanicle
Sanicula saxatilis
About Diablo Sanicle (Sanicula saxatilis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sanicula saxatilis is a rare species of flowering plant in the parsley family known by the common names devil's blacksnakeroot and rock sanicle. It is endemic to the San Francisco Bay Area of California, where it is known only from Mount Diablo and Mount Hamilton. Its habitat is mostly rocky chaparral slopes and talus. Although it is rare, most occurrences are in remote mountainous locales that are relatively safe from disturbance. This is a perennial herb producing a thick stem 10 to 25 centimeters tall from a spherical tuber. The leaves are compound, each divided into three leaflets which are deeply cut into serrated lobes. The herbage is green to purple and sometimes waxy in texture. The inflorescence is made up of one or more heads of bisexual and male-only flowers with tiny, curving, pale salmon pink, yellowish or straw-colored petals. The fruits are a few millimeters wide and covered in bumps and sometimes bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4 - 9.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, Green, Purple

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky ridges or talus

Annual Precipitation: 13.1" - 47.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.31" - 0.43", Coldest Month: 46.3" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 62.7" - 79.3", Humidity: 2.78" - 26.19", Elevation: 1075" - 4105"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Devil's Blacksnakeroot, Rock Sanicle

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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