Calflora
Taxon  Report   2774    
Downingia elegans  (Douglas ex Lindl.) Torr.
Elegant calicoflower,  Elegant downingia
Downingia elegans
© 2009 Chris Wagner
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Downingia elegans, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Downingia elegans
© 2009 Chris Wagner
Family: CAMPANULACEAE  
Genus: Downingia
Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Downingia elegans var. corymbosa
ICPN: Downingia elegans var. brachypetala
ICPN: Downingia elegans var. elegans
More information about  Downingia elegans
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

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (DOEL)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 16, 2018).