CPC Plant Profile: Little Sur Manzanita
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Little Sur Manzanita (Arctostaphylos edmundsii)

  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 130174
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/17/2019

A. edmundsii is a perennial shrub with light yellow-green leaves and pale pink urn-shaped flowers that tend to grow in dense clusters (Parker 2017). Its a fast-growing low shrub that can spread more than eight feet in ground coverage. The fruits it produces are small reddish-brown drupes that were used by indigenous peoples to make cider (The Wildflower Center 2008).

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Taxon Arctostaphylos edmundsii
Authority J.T. Howell
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 6040
ITIS 23482
Common Names Little Sur Manzanita | Carmel Sur Manzanita
Associated Scientific Names Arctostaphylos edmundsii var. parvifolia | Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ssp. emundsii | Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. parvifolia | Arctostaphylos edmundsii var. edmundsii | Arctostaphylos edmundsii | Arctostaphylos edmundsii f. parvifolia
Distribution This shrub is endemic to Monterey County in California, with occurrences at Pfieffer Point, Soberanes Point, Point Sur, and Big Sur (CNPS 2017). It can grow at elevations up to 800 feet (The Wildflower Center 2008).
State Rank
State State Rank
California S2?

Chaparral covered cliffs are this shrub's preferred habitat (NatureServe 2016), especially in coastal areas (The Wildflower Center 2008). It can tolerate sand and clay substrates, but prefers dry soil, making it a drought tolerant plant. The shrub grows best in partial shade to full sun, as long as it receives a moderate amount of water (Las Pilitas Nursery 2014).

Ecological Relationships

Associated native plant species include chamise, California buckthorn, black sage and California lilac species (NatureServe 2016).

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Bees Confirmed Pollinator Link
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Bees Confirmed Pollinator Link
Bees Confirmed Pollinator Link
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Honey bees Apis mellifica Floral Visitor Link
Bumble bees Bombus edwardsi Floral Visitor Link
Butterflies & Moths
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Hummingbirds Hummingbirds Confirmed Pollinator Link
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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