Pickeringia montana var. montana

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Species Name: Pickeringia montana var. montana
Common Name: Chaparral pea

Showy flowers. Spiny evergreen shrub with stiff branches. Drought-tolerant. Unusual.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6'h x 5'w
Growth Habit:
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Preference:
Water Requirements:
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Corolla
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Coast ranges, Santa Monica Mountains
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes below 5,000'

Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A dense intricately branched, spiny shrub growing to a height of 3 to 8 feet with small dark green foliage. The large pea-shaped flowers are produced near the ends of the branchlets and are deep rose-color or purple. Grows in dry rocky places and makes a splendid bank cover. Gallon cans, $1.00."
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