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Boykinia occidentalis

Boykinia occidentalis Torr. & A. Gray

Coastal Brookfoam, Coast Boykinia

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Boykinia elata, Boykinia vancouverensis

USDA Symbol: BOOC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Leaves mostly at base and openly branched clusters of small white flowers tending to turn upward atop several reddish stems covered with minute, glandular hairs.

There are several species of Boykinia in North America, most occurring in the West. The genus name honors an early-19th-century naturalist from the state of Georgia, Dr. Samuel Boykin.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall when flowering.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to western Washington, Oregon, and northern half of California.
Native Habitat: Springs and seeps in moist woods and along streams.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Boykinia occidentalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Boykinia occidentalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Boykinia occidentalis


Record Modified: 2023-05-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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