Perennial herb from a stout, woody taproot and branching stem-base; spreading stiff-hairy throughout but especially on the stem; stems 1 to several, clustered, more or less unbranched, 20-60 cm tall.
Numerous, all along the stem, lowermost reduced, others unstalked, lanceolate to linear, 3-10 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of small clusters with leafy bracts, in the axils of upper leaves; flower stalks ascending in fruit; corollas pale yellow, often tinged with green, 8-13 mm long; petals fused at base into a 4-6-mm long tube that spreads (7-13 mm wide) to 5 entire lobes, the throat glandular within but lacking bulges.
Nutlets often 1-2, sometimes 4, clustered together, grey, smooth, shining, 3.5-6(8) mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Summer
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(248), BWBS(2), ESSF(24), ICH(5), IDF(613), MS(39), PP(299), SBPS(1), SBS(3)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Lithospermum pilosum Nutt.