Eremogone species

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Scientific Name Eremogone congesta (Arenaria congesta) USDA PLANTS Symbol
ERCO24
Common Name Ballhead Sandwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
512987
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (6800 to 12600 ft); sandy or rocky soils in drier areas of meadows or hillsides.
Plant: Grass-like clumping perennial with erect, smooth stems up to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Smooth, narrow, linear, opposite leaves along the stem, up to 5-1/2 inches long becoming shorter upward.
Inflorescence: A few to many white blossoms in congested clusters at the tops the the stems; 5 white petals, 5 green sepals and 5 protruding stamens with greenish-white anthers.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and www.americansouthwest.net.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Eremogone fendleri (Arenaria fendleri) USDA PLANTS Symbol
ERFE3
Common Name Fendler's Sandwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
512989
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (5400 to 13000 ft); sandy or rocky soils in dry areas of meadows, hillsides and open woods.
Plant: Perennial to 16 inches tall, usually 3 to 5 inches at altitude.
Leaves: Grass-like, narrow, stiff leaves, up to 4 inches long; smooth to slightly hairy.
Inflorescence: Several blossoms in an open cluster with 5 white petals, 5 pointed sepals and 5 protruding stamens with pink anthers.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Eremogone hookeri var. hookeri (Arenaria hookeri ssp. hookeri) USDA PLANTS Symbol
ERHOH2
Common Name Hooker's Sandwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823700
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to foothills (3500 to 7800 ft); sandstone or limestone soils in exposed areas on flats, hillsides and ridges.
Plant: Low-growing perennial forming dense cushions, somewhat woody base; erect stems less than 1 to 6 inches long.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves are needle-like, less than 5/8-inch long.
Inflorescence: Congested cymes at the tops the stems with several small, white blossoms; 5 petals about 1/3-inch long with rounded or blunt tips; protruding stamens and styles; pointed sepals are about the same length as the petals or somewhat longer.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America and Montana Field Guide.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status
Native
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