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Cistanthe umbellata (Mt. hood pussypaws)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cistanthe umbellata

Cistanthe umbellata (Torr.) Hershkovitz

Mt. Hood Pussypaws

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)



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

Flowers in dense pink clusters at ends of ascending or prostrate stems resembling the upturned pad of cat feet.

Stems often lie on the ground, with the relatively heavy "pussy paws" forming a perfect ring around the leaf rosette.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to Baja California and east to Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
Native Habitat: Loose soil in coniferous forests.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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