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Frasera speciosa (Elkweed)
Smith, R.W.

Frasera speciosa

Frasera speciosa Douglas ex Griseb.

Elkweed, Monument Plant

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Frasera angustifolia, Frasera macrophylla, Frasera speciosa var. angustifolia, Frasera speciosa var. stenosepala, Frasera stenosepala, Swertia radiata, Swertia radiata var. macrophylla, Tesseranthium angustifolium, Tesseranthium macrophyllum, Tesseranthium radiatum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A narrowly cone-shaped plant with 1 stout, tall, erect stem, large leaves in evenly spaced whorls, and clusters of 4-lobed, yellowish-green corollas in axils of upper leaves and leaf-like bracts.

The broad leaves are a good browse for deer.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Eastern Washington to central California; east to western Texas, eastern Wyoming, and Montana; also northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rich soil in woodland openings, from moderate to high elevations.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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