Page author: David Giblin
Erysimum capitatum
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: On both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Ohio and Texas.

Habitat: Often in sandy soil, plains to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Grayish to greenish biennial from a simple crown, the stems simple or sparingly branched from the base, 2-10 dm. tall.


Basal leaves numerous, entire to sharply dentate, highly variable in size, 3-10 cm. long and 2-10 mm. wide, slender-petiolate; cauline leaves alternate, entire to denticulate or dentate, not much reduced upward.


Flowers rather showy, in crowded, bractless racemes; pedicles stout, ascending, 8-13 mm. long; sepals 4, the outer 2 saccate at the base; petals 4, yellow to deep orange or somewhat reddish, 15-25 mm. long, long-clawed; stamens 6; style beaklike, 2-3.5 mm. long, stigma bi-lobed.


Siliques ascending to erect, nearly straight, quadrangular, 3-10 cm. long and 1-1.5 mm. broad, the valves strongly nerved; seeds in 1 series, nearly wingless.

Accepted Name:
Erysimum capitatum (Douglas ex Hook.) Greene
Publication: Fl. Francisc. 269. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Erysimum asperum (Nutt.) DC., misapplied [FNA7, HC, HC2]
var. capitatum    Chiefly east of the Casacades in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Ohio and Texas.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erysimum capitatum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Erysimum capitatum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erysimum capitatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erysimum capitatum photos.

USDA Plants: Erysimum capitatum information.

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