Gambelia (Galvezia) speciosa, Island Snapdragon (4-inch)


4-inch pot

Plant Type: Shrub
Size: 1 – 3.3 ft tall, 10 ft wide
Form: Spreading
Growth Rate: Fast
Dormancy: Evergreen
Fragrance: none
Flower Color: Red
Flowering Season: Winter, Spring

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Island Snapdragon is a somewhat vine-like perennial plant native to the Channel Islands of California and Guadalupe Island, Mexico. It has trumpet-shaped red flowers which attract birds, especially hummingbirds. Under the right conditions it can bloom almost year round.

Island Snapdragon is easy to grow, fast growing and beautiful perennial widely available in native California nurseries. It prefers sun or part shade (more shade inland), but you will get more flowers in full sun. It likes rocky slopes and seaside conditions and will tolerate a variety of soils. It tolerates occasional summer water, up to 2x per month. Good in containers. It was formerly categorized under the genus Galvezia and some sources still list it that way. ‘Firecraker’ is a popular horitcultural variety.

Landscaping Information:
Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture: Very Low
Summer Irrigation: Max 2x / month once established
Ease of Care: Very Easy
Cold Tolerance: Tolerates cold to 30°F
Soil Drainage: Fast, Medium, Slow
Soil Description: Tolerates a variety of soils. Soil PH: 6.0 – 8.0
Common uses: Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens  

Companion Plants: Island companion plants include Santa Cruz Island Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius), Island Live Oak (Quercus tometella), Tree Poppy (Dendromecon harfordii), Island Bristleweed (Hazardia detonsa), Redflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum grande var. rubescens), Catalina Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii), and Giant Coreopsis (Leptosyne gigantea). Other chaparral and sage scrub companions include California Encelia (Encelia californica), California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica), Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea), and Ceanothus spp  

Maintenance: Since it tends to be viney, it can be cut back whenever stems get too lengthy. Don’t cut back into the woody portion. 

Natural Setting:
Site Type: Rocky slopes, bluffs, canyons and coastal terraces of the Channel Islands among coastal sage scrub
Climate: Annual Precipitation: 8.1″ – 13.1″

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Pick -up of purchased plants will be Saturday, September 26, from 9-11 am at the CNPS pick-up location off of Broad St in San Luis Obispo. (Note: there is no actual address for this location. It is at the East end of Francis Street in San Luis Obispo, behind Rizzoli’s Auto Repair. Please park on Francis St. while picking up plants.) A sign will be posted on the street. GPS coordinates for Pick-up location: Lat: 35.266967 degrees, Long: -120.651302 degrees. Please only place your order if you are able to pick up your plants on September 26 between 9 and 11 am. There are no options for other pickup times or dates, or shipping of these live plants.