Outdoor Hour Challenge – Purple Chinese Houses


Outdoor Hour Challenge Purple Chinese Houses @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge
Purple Chinese Houses Wildflower Study
Wildflower Set #1

Inside Preparation:

There are 20 species of Chinese houses, most found in California. Their common name suggests the look of a Chinese pagoda.

  • ¨ Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla) Look to see the range on USDA.
  • ¨ Sticky Chinese Houses (Collinsia tinctoria) Look to the range on USDA.

Outdoor Hour Time:

Look in sandy soil on shaded flats or slopes.

  • ¨ Usual bloom time is March to June. In my experience, these showy flowers are found in large patches on sunny slopes along the trail.
  • ¨ You may wish to look for the Checkerspot butterfly since this flower is a host plant for this insect.

Follow-Up Activity:

Note: Ebook users can find custom notebook pages to use for the Purple Chinese House flower and the figwort family.

  • ¨ Create a notebook page for the Purple Chinese house flower.
  • ¨ Start a figwort family notebook page. Keep a running list over time of the flowers you observe and/or study in this plant family.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

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Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and save for your family to use when desired. If you don’t have a membership yet, I am offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Discount Code: Wildflower5





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