Collomia debilis (S. Watson) Greene
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
USDA Symbol: CODE
Numerous sprawling stems forming a loose mat, with leaves and cream, white, pink, lavender, or blue flowers crowded at ends.
The species name, meaning weak, refers to the sprawling stems, which actually might be considered a strength, for the plants low compact habit helps protect it from cold mountain winds. A similar species, Talus Collomia (C. larsenii), has highly divided leaves (with 3-7 lobes, some or all cleft again) and a corolla only to 1/2 (1.5 cm) long; it grows from the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains of Washington to northern California.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Cascade Range of Washington east to western Montana and western Wyoming, and southeast to northeastern Oregon, northeastern Nevada, and central Utah.
Native Habitat: Shifting, rocky, high-mountain slopes.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Collomia debilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Collomia debilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Collomia debilis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff