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Hesperochiron pumilus (Dwarf hesperochiron)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Hesperochiron pumilus

Hesperochiron pumilus (Douglas ex Griseb.) Porter

Dwarf Hesperochiron

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)

Synonym(s): Hesperochiron villosulus

USDA Symbol: HEPU6

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

A low plant with 1 slender stalk growing from leaves in a basal rosette and topped by 1-5 white to pink, saucer-shaped flowers.

California Hesperochiron (H. californicus), the one other species that grows in the same region, has a funnel- or bell-shaped corolla with oblong lobes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Eastern Washington south to southern California and northern Arizona, and east to western Montana.
Native Habitat: Moist meadows, flats, and slopes.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet

Find Seed or Plants

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

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Native shade plants around fountain in California
March 18, 2009
Hi, we just put a fountain in our front yard. It is in a mostly shady area. I need to know what plants would go best around the fountain and survive in the shade.
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National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
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.

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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