WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 
 

This dwarf plant forms compact, spreading clusters from a woody root crown with numerous stems that only reach 2 3/8 inches tall. Dense, shaggy white hairs cover the foliage. Note the short spikes of funnel-shaped flowers with 5 pink to deep-pink lobes streaked with white.


FLOWER: March–June. Short, densely-clustered spikes are nestled in the leaves. Flowers to 3/4 inch wide (20 mm) with 5 wide-spreading, petal-like lobes; flowers slightly asymmetrical with the 2 upper lobes slightly joined and often more erect, the 3 oval lower lobes spreading evenly.


LEAVES: Opposite, crowded on stem. Blades lance-shaped, to 1 3/4 inches long (45 mm), 5/16 inch wide (8 mm); base gradually narrows to the stem; surfaces covered with white hairs, margins lined with long, shaggy hairs.


HABITAT: Rocky, limestone, shale soils; rocky outcorps, boulder cracks, gravelly hills, ridges, slopes, and plains; desert grasslands and scrub.


ELEVATION: 2,900–6,680 feet


RANGE: NM, TX.


SIMILAR SPECIES: The dwarf, compact form with hairy leaves and pink, white streaked flowers help distinguish this species.


NM COUNTIES: Southern NM in low-elevation, dry, rocky habitats: Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, Sierra.

 

EARLY  SHAGGYTUFT

STENANDRIUM  BARBATUM

Acanthus Family, Acanthaceae

Perennial herb

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The flowers are slightly asymmetrical  with the 2 upper lobes (arrow) slightly smaller that the 3 spreading bottom lobes.

Leaf surfaces are covered with white hairs, and the edges with long, shaggy hairs.

The dwarf plants form a dense cluster of short stems from a stout, woody root crown.

The funnel-shaped flowers open into 5 slightly unequal, petal-like lobes.