Sunday, May 30, 2010

California Fagonia

California Fagonia,
also known as California fagonbush and fagonia (Fagonia laevis)
is a spreading, ground-hugging plant,
a cousin to the creosote bush, with similar waxy leaves. It is a ground cover on rocks and hillsides and can form mounds up to 18 inches tall. The leaves are dark green, up to 1/2 inch long, narrow and composed of three leaflets.
It has purple-lavender star shaped flowers,
with five petals.
It is found in the southern Mojave, northwestern and western Sonoran and Baja Peninsular Deserts of southeastern California, extreme southeastern Nevada, extreme southwest Utah, large portions of Arizona and Sonora, Baja and Baja California Sur in Mexico.

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