Orthocarpus luteus Nutt.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: ORLU2
Many golden-yellow flowers, angled upward, protruding from glandular-hairy bracts near top of this erect plant.
There are about 25 species of Owl's Clover, all but one in western North America, several with yellow corollas, and some with a 3-lobed pouch. The name Owl's Clover may refer to the eye-like spots on the petals of some species or, picturesquely, to the swollen head-like ends of the erect corollas that seem to peer from the bracts as owls peer from the leaves of a tree.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK
Native Distribution: British Columbia to southeastern California, mostly east of the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevada; east to New Mexico, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Manitoba.
Native Habitat: Plains and open woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Orthocarpus luteus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Orthocarpus luteus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Orthocarpus luteus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff