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Plagiobothrys figuratus
fragrant popcorn-flower

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon.

Habitat: Nonalkaline meadows, low ground, and moist fields.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Appressed-hairy annual from fibrous roots, the simple to moderately branched stem 1-4 dm. tall.


Leaves all cauline, linear, sometimes elongate, the lower 2-4 pairs opposite, the others alternate.


Inflorescence of naked spikes, tending to be paired, becoming elongate; calyx 3-4 mm. long, with yellowish, loose hairs; flowers fragrant, white with a yellow eye; corolla tube narrow, the 5 lobes abruptly spreading, the limb 5-10 wide; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; nutlets attached to the style in a small area near the base.


Nutlets 4, ovate, 1.2-1.7 mm. long, keeled, rough.

Accepted Name:
Plagiobothrys figuratus (Piper) I.M. Johnst. ex M. Peck
Publication: Man. Pl. Oregon 609. 1941.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Allocarya figurata Piper [Abrams]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Plagiobothrys figuratus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Plagiobothrys figuratus checklist entry

OregonFlora: Plagiobothrys figuratus information

E-Flora BC: Plagiobothrys figuratus atlas page

CalPhotos: Plagiobothrys figuratus photos

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