Common name: Sapphire Woollystar
Latin name: Eriastrum sapphirinum
Height: 2-16 inches
Description: The funnel-shaped flowers have five lobes each, one half to one centimeter long and pale to bright blue. The throat of the flower is the same color or yellowish to white. At the mouth of the tube there may be dots of yellow and white. The light colored stamens protrude. The stem is erect and may be reddish to green.
Leaf: 5–55 mm threadlike with sparse hairs to a coat of dense wool.
Range: s California Floristic Province, w Desert
Habitat: Many communities
Elevation: 700–2700 m.
Flowering time: Jun–Aug
Notes: Eriastrum sapphirinum, a dicot, is an annual herb that is endemic to California according to the USDA. This flower was photographed June 13, 2009 in Riverside County, California, using a Canon EOS 30D and 180mm macro lens.
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