Amsinckia intermedia
fireweed fiddleneck, rancher's fiddleneck

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Baja California, Mexico, east to Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and west Texas.

Habitat: Balds, meadows, prairies, roadsides, and other open areas at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, butterflies, flies


Stems ascendant to erect, green or brown, hirsute with hispid hairs; variable branches with stiff calcified or silicified walls.


Spreading and alternate, green, coarse-hairy to bristly, entire, apex acute to acuminate.


Inflorescence is a scorpioid cyme, axis coiled but unfurling with floral maturation; calyx lobes 5, equal in length, not fused above base; corolla 7-11 mm., tube exserted, tube 10-veined near base, typically orange, generally with 5 dark spots on petals; stamens attached above middle of tube with variable height, anthers generally appressed to stigma; style exserted to throat.


Nutlets 2-3.5 mm. long, tubercled, occasionally ridged.

Accepted Name:
Amsinckia intermedia Fisch. & C.A. Mey.
Publication: Index Seminum [St.Petersburg (Petropolitanus)] ii. 26. 1836.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Amsinckia intermedia Fisch. & C.A. Mey. var. intermedia
Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. intermedia (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Ganders [JPM]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Amsinckia intermedia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Amsinckia intermedia checklist entry

OregonFlora: Amsinckia intermedia information

E-Flora BC: Amsinckia intermedia atlas page

CalPhotos: Amsinckia intermedia photos

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