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Plagiobothrys nothofulvus (Rusty popcorn-flower)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Plagiobothrys nothofulvus

Plagiobothrys nothofulvus (A. Gray) A. Gray

Rusty Popcorn-flower, Rusty Popcornflower

Boraginaceae (Borage Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A slender, hairy plant with most leaves in a basal tuft and small white flowers in a coil at ends of few branches or branchless stems.

Open flowers are clustered at the top of the coil, resembling pieces of popcorn. Rusty Popcorn-flower is similar to species of Cryptantha, but Rusty Popcorn-flower is generally more softly hairy and grows in moister places. Many species have a purple dye in the stem, leaves, and roots. When they are pressed and dried in a folded sheet of clean paper, a striking mirror-image pattern results.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: CA , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: South-central Washington south to northern Baja California.
Native Habitat: Open places; common in grass.

Find Seed or Plants

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

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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