Castilleja exserta

Purple Owl's Clover

  • Height:   under 1 ft
  • Life Cycle:   annual
  • Growth Type:   flower
  • Flower Size:   small, 1/4 - 1 in
  • Inflorescence Size:   1 - 5 in
  • Flower Type:   clustered
  • Bloom Type:   spring
  • Flower Color:   pink
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   coast - desert - inland - mountain
  • Water Requirements:   low - medium - high
  • Salt Tolerance:   medium
  • Characteristics / Comments:   good as ground cover - seeds/reseeds well - quick color
  • Fire Resistant / Low Fuel:   TRUE
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   1,500,000
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Taxon report data from Calflora

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Castilleja exserta

Common Name:Owl's clover

Castilleja exserta, a dicot, is a annual herb that is native to California.

US Distribution:beyond CA but confined to w. North America
Plant Community(s):Valley Grassland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Foothill Woodland, Coastal Strand, Northern Coastal Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Chaparral
Habitat:coastal
Family:Orobanchaceae

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, ContraCosta, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Mariposa, Marin, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Diego, San Francisco, Shasta, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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