Streptanthus polygaloides

Milkwort jewelflower

Plant Type: Annual
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 0.5' X 0.5'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This rare jewelflower is native to the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada. It is a delicate plant exhibiting the small, ornate flowers typical of jewelflowers. The flowers of this population of purple. Milkwort jewelflower accumulates nickel, a characteristic which is protective but also provides benefit for herbivores that require a high nickel diet. This little plant has proven to be adaptable in cultivation. Adequate drainage and regular water will be fine. Consider growing it in a pot, though, so it will not be lost among other plants and its subtle qualities may be appreciated.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous