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Spring Lessingia
Lessingia tenuis
About Spring Lessingia (Lessingia tenuis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lessingia tenuis is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common name spring lessingia. It is endemic to California, where it is known from the San Francisco Bay Area to Ventura County. It grows on the slopes of the California Coast Ranges in common local habitat such as chaparral. This is an annual herb producing mainly erect stems up to about 15 centimeters tall. The small leaves are often divided into lobes or toothed, the largest no more than 4 centimeters long. The plant is hairy in texture and varies in color from grayish green to reddish or brown. The flower heads appear singly at the tips of stem branches, each lined with purplish, glandular phyllaries. The head is discoid, containing no ray florets but many funnel-shaped pink, purple, yellow, or white disc florets with long, narrow lobes. The fruit is an achene with a whitish pappus of bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

5.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 4 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 8.8" - 40.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 0.82", Coldest Month: 32.8" - 50.7", Hottest Month: 62.3" - 78.5", Humidity: 0.84" - 25.87", Elevation: 161" - 6425"

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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