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Brickellia oblongifolia
narrow-leaved brickellbush, narrow-leaved thoroughwort

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Dry, often rocky places from lowland sagebrush desert to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandular-puberulent, perennial herb or sub-shrub, usually with many stems from near the base, 1-6 dm. tall.


Leaves usually entire and sessile, oblong to lance-linear, 1-4 cm. long and up to 15 mm. wide.


Heads discoid, cylindric, terminating the branches, usually several per stem; involucre 10-20 mm. high, the bracts acute, striate, imbricate in several series; corollas creamy white, 10-50 in each head; pappus of barbellate bristles.


Achene 10-ribbed.

Accepted Name:
Brickellia oblongifolia Nutt.
Publication: Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n. s. 7: 288. 1840.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. oblongifolia – narrowleaf brickellia    Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to Oregon, east to Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Brickellia oblongifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Brickellia oblongifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Brickellia oblongifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Brickellia oblongifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Brickellia oblongifolia information.

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