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Chaenorrhinum origanifolium 'Summer Skies'

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
8-12 inches
Landscape/Garden Uses:
rock gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Bright blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
This is a small perennial of delicate appearance, making a mound 6-12 inches tall. It has closely branched, slender stems, set with nearly round, dark green leaves, 1/4-1/2 inches long. It blooms in spring and fall, or almost continuously in our coastal climate. Small violet flowers marked with white, much resembling little snapdragons, are clustered above the leaves. It is a nice addition to the rock garden, or for banks and walls. Sun, well drained soils, moderate watering.