Synthyris missurica (Raf.) Pennell
Mountain Kittentails, Tailed Kittentails
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: SYMI
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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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Synthyris missurica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Synthyris missurica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Synthyris missurica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff