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Lomatium dasycarpum

Lomatium dasycarpum (Torr. & A. Gray) J.M. Coult. & Rose

Woollyfruit Desertparsley, Woolly-fruit Desert-parsley

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Each plant has up to 10 short, flattened stems that grow for several inches along the ground before turning upward and rising 4-16 in. The main leaves are divided 4 times into small, delicate leaflets. Pom-poms of tiny, greenish-yellow flowers cluster at the top of the stems. The flowers appear white because of the abundant fuzzy, white hairs covering the blossoms as well as the flowering stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Greenish white to purplish.


Native Distribution: Coastal CA
Native Habitat: Dry ridges & slopes below 5000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: After a cold, dry winter, the plant is less vigorous and the flowering is reduced. During the summer dry season, the entire top of the plant dies back to the root crown.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

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


Description: Easiest to propagate from seeds. Seedling usually flower the second spring.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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