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Hydrophyllum capitatum Douglas ex Benth.
Ballhead Waterleaf, Dwarf Waterleaf
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)
USDA Symbol: HYCA4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A low plant with round heads of small, white or pale purple flowers on short stalks among pinnately divided leaves.
In the northeastern United States plants of this genus were cooked for greens by Indians and settlers. A form of Dwarf Waterleaf in northern Oregon and south-central Washington has flower heads on long stalks above leaves.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Southern British Columbia; south through eastern Washington and Oregon to central California; east to western Colorado, northern Utah, Idaho, and Alberta.
Native Habitat: Brushy areas and open woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hydrophyllum capitatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hydrophyllum capitatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hydrophyllum capitatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff