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Plectritis congesta
rosy plectritis, sea-blush

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Open, vernally moist balds, prairies, meadows and slopes, from sea level to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies


Annual herbs, the stem usually simple, 1-6 dm. tall, the herbage nearly glabrous throughout.


Leaves opposite, distant, entire, 1-6 cm. long and 3-22 mm. wide, the lowermost ones spatulate or obovate and short-petiolate, the others oblong to elliptic and sessile.


Inflorescence congested, sub-capitate; calyx obsolete; corolla united, two-lipped, bright pink to white, 2-8 mm. long, with a well-developed, thick spur; stamens 3; ovary inferior, apparently 1-celled, since two of the 3 cells are sterile.


Fruit a dry carpel, 2-4 mm. long, the convex side keeled, with or without lateral wings.

Accepted Name:
Plectritis congesta (Lindl.) DC.
Publication: Prodr. 4: 631. 1830.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Plectritis congesta (Lindl.) DC. ssp. congesta [KZ99]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Plectritis congesta in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Plectritis congesta checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Plectritis congesta information.

E-Flora BC: Plectritis congesta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Plectritis congesta photos.

USDA Plants: Plectritis congesta information.

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