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Sticky Geraea
Geraea viscida
About Sticky Geraea (Geraea viscida) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Geraea viscida is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common name sticky geraea, or sticky desertsunflower. It is native to southern California, mainly the chaparral hills of eastern San Diego County, and northern Baja California. This is a bristly, hairy perennial geophyte producing scrubby stems reaching anywhere from 30 centimeters to nearly a meter in height. The slightly hairy leaves are several centimeters long and generally oval-shaped, sometimes with small teeth and basal lobes. The flower cluster holds one or more flower heads which are knobby clusters of yellow disc florets with no ray florets. The phyllaries surrounding the flower head are particularly sticky. The fruit is an achene up to a centimeter long, not including its pappus hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places

Annual Precipitation: 3.1" - 25.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.61" - 2.40", Coldest Month: 39.5" - 59.4", Hottest Month: 68.1" - 88.1", Humidity: 1.98" - 39.10", Elevation: 129" - 6042"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sticky Desertsunflower

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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