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Woolly-headed Lessingia
Lessingia hololeuca
About Woolly-headed Lessingia (Lessingia hololeuca) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lessingia hololeuca is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common name woollyhead lessingia. It is endemic to California, where it is known from several locations around the San Francisco Bay Area and adjacent portions of the Sacramento Valley and North Coast Ranges. It grows in many types of local habitat. Lessingia hololeuca is an annual herb varying in maximum size and shape from flat and just a few centimeters high to an erect 40 centimeters tall. It is mostly woolly in texture. The lower leaves approach 13 centimeters long and may have several deep lobes; the upper leaves much smaller and unlobed. The flower heads appear singly or in crowded clusters. Each head has a bullet-shaped involucre lined with woolly, purple-tipped phyllaries. The head is discoid, containing no ray florets but many funnel-shaped pink, lavender, or purple disc florets with lobes that resemble ray florets. The fruit is an achene with a whitish pappus of bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.1 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 13.6" - 55.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 0.76", Coldest Month: 42.0" - 49.4", Hottest Month: 64.9" - 75.4", Humidity: 0.41" - 24.88", Elevation: 3" - 4142"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Woollyhead Lessingia

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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