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Purple Mat

Nama demissum
Purple Mat, Nama demissum
Purple Mat photo taken at Joshua Tree National Park

Rose to magenta-purplish flowers, sometimes many tiny tubular flowers growing low, 1-2" from the ground with longer stems to about 8".

Found in sandy wash and creosote scrub areas. Common throughout the Mojave Desert below 4,000'.

Flowers - April to May

Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae)

Desert Habitat:
  • Creosote bush scrub
  • Desert Wash

    Native American uses: Indians would grind the seeds and cook them for use as a mush.

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