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Orthocarpus luteus Nutt.
USDA Symbol: ORLU2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Many golden-yellow flowers, angled upward, protruding from glandular-hairy bracts near top of this erect plant.
There are about 25 species of Owls Clover, all but one in western North America, several with yellow corollas, and some with a 3-lobed pouch. The name Owls Clover may refer to the eye-like spots on the petals of some species or, picturesquely, to the swollen head-like ends of the erect corollas that seem to peer from the bracts as owls peer from the leaves of a tree.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
British Columbia to southeastern California, mostly east of the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevada; east to New Mexico, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Manitoba. Native Habitat:
Plains and open woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff