Taxon  Report   2783    
Downingia pusilla  (G. Don ex A. DC.) Torr.
Dwarf calicoflower,  Dwarf downingia
Downingia pusilla
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Downingia pusilla
© 2010 Vernon Smith
Downingia pusilla
© 2011 Dylan Neubauer
Downingia pusilla, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond, South America.
also called Downingia humilis
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Downingia pusilla
© 2009 Doug Wirtz
Genus: Downingia
Communities: Foothill Woodland, Valley Grassland, Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: vernal-pools

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
CNPS + PLANTS: Downingia humilis
ICPN: Bolelia humilis
More information about  Downingia pusilla
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).