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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Epilobium obcordatum Gray
USDA Symbol: EPOB
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low, clumped, mat-forming perennial with 2-6 in. creeping stems. A matted plant with a short creeping stem and, in upper leaf axils, deep pink flowers seemingly too large for plant and often hiding foliage. These stems, with willow-like leaves, are smothered with showy, four-petaled, rose-purple flowers from mid- to late-summer.
Most Epilobium species are tall, but this, like many other alpine plants, is low and compact, which protects it from the drying mountain winds and freezing temperatures.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
CA , ID , NV , OR Native Distribution:
CA Sierras from Tulare & Inyo to Modoc Cos., n. & e. to NV, e. OR & ID Native Habitat:
Dry, alpine & subalpine ridges & flats; 7000 to 13,000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy, rocky soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate by root division or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff