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Synthyris missurica

Synthyris missurica (Raf.) Pennell

Mountain Kittentails, Tailed Kittentails

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A generally low, erect plant with dense racemes of bilaterally symmetrical, deep blue-violet flowers above basal leaves.

The intense blue-violet of the corolla seems to deepen in the shade, where this plant is often found. Although pretty, this species is surpassed in beauty by a close relative, Fringed Synthyris (S. schizantha), in which the edges of the corolla lobes are cut into many strips, forming a beautiful fringe; it grows only on a few moist shaded cliffs in northern Oregon and western Washington.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Northern Idaho southwest to southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon; also in south-central Oregon and northeastern California.
Native Habitat: Moist, open or shaded slopes from foothills to moderate elevations.

Additional resources

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


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

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