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Large Flowered Sand Spurry
Spergularia macrotheca
About Large Flowered Sand Spurry (Spergularia macrotheca) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Spergularia macrotheca is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name sticky sandspurry. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Baja California, where it grows in many types of moist coastal and inland habitat, often in alkaline and saline substrates. It may be found in marshes, alkali flats, beaches, meadows, seeps, and vernal pools. It is a perennial herb producing a narrow stem up to 40 centimeters long with a woody, thickened base and taproot. They may grow erect or prostrate across the ground. It is covered in sticky glandular hairs, especially in the inflorescence. The stems are lined with fleshy linear leaves, sometimes tipped with spines. The leaves are accompanied by triangular stipules up to a centimeter long each. Flowers occur in clusters at the end of the stem as well as in leaf axils. The small flowers have five pointed sepals and five oval white to lavender-pink petals. The fruit is a capsule containing tiny reddish brown, winged seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Lavender, Red, Brown

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.2" - 65.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 1.83", Coldest Month: 23.9" - 57.5", Hottest Month: 46.5" - 80.9", Humidity: 0.01" - 29.77", Elevation: -1512" - 10742"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sticky Sandspurry

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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