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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Orthocarpus luteus Nutt.
USDA Symbol: ORLU2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff