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Douglasia laevigata (Cliff dwarf-primrose)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Douglasia laevigata

Douglasia laevigata A. Gray

Cliff Dwarf-primrose, Smooth Douglasia

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)



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

Stems spreading on ground and forming rather extensive mats below 2-10 deep reddish-pink flowers (aging to lavender) in tight umbels on short leafless stalks.

Douglasia, named for David Douglas, an early-19th-century explorer of western North American plants, are prized rock-garden subjects. The plants need not be dug up, as they grow well from cuttings or seed. The genus superficially resembles Phlox, in which each stamen in the corolla tube is attached in line with the notch between corolla lobes; in Douglasia each stamen is attached in line with the middle of a corolla lobe.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Western Washington and northwestern Oregon.
Native Habitat: Moist coastal bluffs to rocky, alpine slopes and ledges.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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