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California Matchweed
Gutierrezia californica
  
About California Matchweed (Gutierrezia californica) 5 Nurseries Carry This Plant Gutierrezia californica is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family known by the common names San Joaquin snakeweed and California matchweed. It is native to California and Baja California, where it grows on slopes and plains in a number of habitats. It is found in the Coast Ranges, Transverse Range and Peninsular Range, coming fairly close to the coast in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. It is often seen in very arid settings. This is a small subshrub reaching up to about half a meter in height. It grows clumpy or gangly and generally erect stems in shades of gray and red which are lined with small linear green leaves. At the end of each branch of the stem is an flower cluster of one to three small flower heads just a few millimeters wide. The head contains several yellow disc florets with long, protruding styles and several yellow ray florets around the edge.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb, Shrub

Size
Size
1 - 2 ft tall
3 ft wide

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 
Various insects are attracted to the flowers

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 9 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Sonia vovanaSonia vovana

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers rocky, gravelly or sandy soil, such as decomposed granite. Soil PH: 6.5 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
May be used with a wide variety of chaparral plants such as Chamise (Adenostema fasciculatum), Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), Ceanothus sp., Buckwheat (Eriogonum sp.), White Sage (Salvia apiana), Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii), Desert Sage (Salvia dorrii), Rose Sage (Salvia pachyphylla) Antelope Brush (Purshia stansburyana or tridentata), and various cactus and succulents.

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 8*, 9*, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Grassy places, slopes, outcrops below 6,700 ft.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 37.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.12" - 4.34", Coldest Month: 33.4" - 59.1", Hottest Month: 55.5" - 87.9", Humidity: 0.80" - 38.53", Elevation: 5" - 9700"

Alternative Names
Common Names: San Joaquin Snakeweed


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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