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Phemeranthus spinescens
spinescent fameflower, spiny fameflower

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; north-central Washington to north-central Oregon.

Habitat: Rocky, basaltic outcrops and sagebrush scabland.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous, glabrous perennial from a branched crown, forming tight cushions up to 15 cm. broad, with few to several short, ascending, leafy stems up to 8 mm. thick.


Leaves fleshy, green, linear, crowded, 1.5-2.5 cm. long and 1-2.5 mm. broad, deciduous except for the rigid basal portions, which form spiny projections covering the stem.


Flowers 10-25 in diffuse, minutely bracteate, ascending cymes 2-15 cm. long; peduncles naked, up to 15 cm. long; sepals 2, about 3 mm. long; petals 5, pale to deep rose or bright crimson-magenta, broadly elliptic-obovate, 7-10 mm. long and 5-7 mm. broad; stamens 15-30; style 3-cleft.


Capsule 3-5 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Phemeranthus spinescens (Torr.) Hershk.
Publication: Taxon. 46: 222. 1997.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Talinum spinescens Torr. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phemeranthus spinescens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Phemeranthus spinescens checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Phemeranthus spinescens information.

E-Flora BC: Phemeranthus spinescens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phemeranthus spinescens photos.

USDA Plants: Phemeranthus spinescens information.

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