Valerianaceae: Valerian Family

Shortspur Seablush – Plectritis congesta subsp. brachystemon

Blooms:

Mar–June

Plant Height:

5–80 cm

Flower Size:

Small cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Coastal bluffs, open partly-shaded slopes

Notes:

Like subsp. congesta, this is an inconspicuous plant with a slender stem with a terminal head of delicate, tiny pink flowers.  It differs in that the flowers are smaller (1–3.5 mm across), white to pale pink and with a spur that is no more than a minute swelling.  It is sometimes found in great profusion.

Seablush / Pink Plectritis – Plectritis congesta subsp. congesta

Blooms:

Mar–June

Plant Height:

5–80 cm

Flower Size:

Small cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Open slopes and grassy places

Notes:

An inconspicuous plant with a slender stem with a terminal head of delicate, tiny pink flowers, each 4–9.5 mm across. The flowers are generally 2-lipped, the lower lip being larger than the upper and each flower having a spur ½ its length. Leaves are opposite and sessile.

White Plectritis – Plectritis macrocera

Blooms:

Mar–June

Plant Height:

5–80 cm

Flower Size:

Small cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Open, partly shaded slopes

Notes:

Despite its common name, the flowers of this plant may be either white or pink. Like Seablush (Plectritis congesta), the flowers are in dense terminal heads. Individual flowers are very small (each 2–3.5 mm across), more or less radial with equal-sized lobes.  The spur is thick, blunt and noticeably longer than that of Seablush. Leaves are opposite, more or less spoon-shaped with a delicate network of veining.