Phyllodoce empetriformis
pink mountain-heath

Distribution: Alaska to California, east to Alberta and Wyoming; in the Olympics and Cascades in Washington

Habitat: Rocky sites in high coniferous forests to alpine meadows

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies


Matted, evergreen shrubs 1-4 dm. tall, forming large mats, the young stems finely pubescent and glandular, soon becoming glabrous.


Leaves linear, alternate, closely crowded, persistent, 8-16 mm. long and 1-2 mm. broad, deeply grooved beneath, leaving a peg-like leaf scar.


Flowers single in the leaf axils, clustered at the stem tips; calyx lobes 5, nearly distinct, ovate-lanceolate, obtuse; corolla united, bell-shaped, about 7 mm. long, deep pinkish-rose, the 5 short lobes recurved; stamens 10, included, the reddish anthers without awns, opening by apical slits; ovary superior, glandular-pubescent.


Capsule opening from the apex.

Accepted Name:
Phyllodoce empetriformis (Sm.) D. Don
Publication: Edinburgh New Philos. J. 17: 160. 1834. 1834.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Menziesia empetriformis Sm.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phyllodoce empetriformis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Phyllodoce empetriformis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Phyllodoce empetriformis information.

E-Flora BC: Phyllodoce empetriformis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phyllodoce empetriformis photos.

USDA Plants: Phyllodoce empetriformis information.

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