Page author: David Giblin
Horkelia fusca
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California, east to Idaho and Wyoming.

Habitat: Damp meadows to open forest and rocky slopes, moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from a taproot, the several stems 1.5-6 dm. tall.


Basal leaves several, up to 2 dm. long, pinnate, the 11-19 leaflets 1-2 cm. long, variously lobed, toothed or cleft; cauline leaves much reduced upward, with large, several-lobed stipules.


Inflorescence a congested, terminal cluster; calyx cup-shaped, reddish-tinged, the 5 lobes triangular, 2-4.5 mm. long; petals 5, white to pink, obovate with a shallow terminal indentation, 2.5-6 mm. long; stamens 10; pistils up to 25, the style twice as long as the ovary.


Achenes about 2 mm. long, smooth.

Accepted Name:
Horkelia fusca Lindl.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. capitata    Northwest Idaho south to Blue Mts. and Steens Mt. of Oregon, west to northwestern California.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Horkelia fusca in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Horkelia fusca checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Horkelia fusca atlas page.

CalPhotos: Horkelia fusca photos.

USDA Plants: Horkelia fusca information.

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