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Blepharipappus scaber
blepharipappus, rough eyelashweed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in southeastern Washington; southeastern Washington to California, east to Idaho and northwest Nevada.

Habitat: Grasslands, open slopes, forest edge, sagebrush desert, and other open areas at low elevations.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, beetles, wasps


Slender annual 1-3 dm. tall, scabrous-puberulent and often spreading-hairy, becoming glandular above.


Leaves alternate, numerous, entire, linear, 6-25 mm. long and up to 1.5 mm. wide.


Heads solitary to numerous, terminating the branches; involucre glandular and sometimes hairy, 4-7 mm. high, the bracts sub-equal, with narrow, translucent margins infolded around the achenes; rays white, 2-7, broad, 4-10 mm. long, 3-cleft; disk flowers few, white; pappus of several narrow scales.


Achenes silky-villous, flattened at right angles to the radius of the head.

Accepted Name:
Blepharipappus scaber Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 316. 1833.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Blepharipappus scaber Hook. ssp. laevis (A. Gray) D.D. Keck
Blepharipappus scaber Hook. ssp. scaber
Blepharipappus scaber Hook. var. scaber [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Blepharipappus scaber in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Blepharipappus scaber checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Blepharipappus scaber information.

E-Flora BC: Blepharipappus scaber atlas page.

CalPhotos: Blepharipappus scaber photos.

USDA Plants: Blepharipappus scaber information.

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