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Leptosiphon androsaceus (False Babystars)

False Babystars, Linanthus androsaceus


Leptosiphon androsaceus (False Babystars) is an annual wildflower boasting charming clusters of pink or lavender star-shaped flowers adorned with yellow or white throats. Blooming in mid-spring to early summer, the blossoms are borne atop mostly erect, simple, or few-branched, hairy stems. The oppositely arranged leaves are each divided into small lobes, oval to linear to needlelike. Native to California, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also in the California Coast Ranges of northern and central California, the Southern Sierra Nevada, and the Peninsular Ranges and Transverse Ranges of southern California, False Babystars grows in chaparral, oak woodland, and grassland habitats. False Babystars is easy to grow, drought tolerant, and requires little care. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in traditional, native plant, and wildlife gardens.

  • Grows up to 8-12 in. tall (20-30cm).
  • Thrives in full sun, in well-drained soils. Drought tolerant.
  • A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to beds and borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, or prairies and meadows.
  • Easy-care plant with no serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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