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Limnanthes douglasii (Douglas' meadowfoam)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Limnanthes douglasii

Limnanthes douglasii R. Br.

Douglas' Meadowfoam, Douglas Meadowfoam

Limnanthaceae (Meadow-Foam Family)


USDA Symbol: LIDO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The broadly bell-shaped flowers of this delicate, branched plant usually have a yellow center with a white rim, or are all yellow, and bloom on slender stalks in upper leaf axils.

A form with all-yellow petals grows on Point Reyes in northern California; in the Coast Ranges, the flower may have white petals often with dark purple veins, whereas in and around the Central Valley, petals may be white, with rose veins, becoming all pink with age.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Nutlets dark brown, black or gray.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Southern Oregon to southern California.
Native Habitat: Low, moist places in grassland and open woodland.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
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 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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