Polemoniaceae
Leptodactylon pungens

Granite Gilia

Small shrub. Leaves tiny, needle-like, with very sharp tips, living leaves clustered at tips of branches, persisting, turning black on lower parts of stems after dying. Flowers with funnel-shaped tube, white to salmon pink with purplish shading, opening in evening, continuing next day only with cloud cover. Grows in rocky open places, shrub-steppe, open dry forests, subalpine talus or granite slopes, in high deserts at all elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Spring-Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--24 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Crater Lake NP, Steens, Great Basin
  • Native: Yes