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Hackelia floribunda

Hackelia floribunda (Lehm.) I.M. Johnst.

Manyflower Stickseed, Many-flower Stickseed

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Synonym(s): Hackelia leptophylla, Lappula floribunda

USDA Symbol: HAFL2

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

Small, pale blue, funnel-shaped flowers grow in a long, open, branched cluster at top of one or a few leafy stems, branches coiled at tips.

It is the prickles on the nutlets that distinguish these plants from Forget-me-nots (Myosotis). The similar Jessica's Stickseed (H. micrantha), from the Sierra Nevada to Utah and Wyoming and northward into Canada, generally has several stems and several very small prickles on the back of each nutlet.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Nutlets, 1-4.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Blue
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , PA , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK
Native Distribution: From Washington to northern California and southern Nevada; east to northern New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana.
Native Habitat: Moist thickets and meadows, generally in coniferous forests.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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