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Shaggytuft Stenandrium barbatum


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Alternate name: Early Shaggytuft

Family: Acanthaceae, Acanthus view all from this family

Description Dwarf, tufted plant, grayish in color with dense, shaggy leaves and short spikes of rose-pink flowers seated between the leaves.
Flowers: corolla length approximately 1/2"(1.5 cm); 5 lobes that open wide after a narrow tube with upper 2 lobes slightly deeper shade than lower 3.
Leaves: up to 1 1/2" (4 cm) long, narrowly lanceolate and broader above middle with shaggy gray hairs.
Height: up to 2 1/2" (6.5 cm).

Flower March to June.

Habitat Rocky, open limestone flats or clay banks.

Range Western Texas and southeastern New Mexico.

Discussion One of the earliest spring wildflowers to bloom in west Texas, the bright rose-pink flowers stand out against the subdued background hues.