Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Linnaea borealis
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: In the forests and mountains throughout Washington; Alaska south to California, east in North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Open to rather dense woods, low to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Creeping, evergreen herbs, the trailing stems elongate and somewhat hairy and woody, from which arise numerous, erect, leafy, flowering stems up to 10 cm. long.


Leaves opposite, short-petiolate, firm, broadly elliptic to sub-rotund, usually with a few shallow teeth, 7-25 mm. long and 5-15 mm. wide, glabrous to long-hairy.


Flowers in pairs on pedicels 1-2.5 cm. long, at the end of long, naked peduncles, nodding; calyx 5-lobed, 2-5 mm. long; corolla pinkish, funnel-shaped, 9-16 mm. long, the tube slender, the 5 lobes flaring; stamens 4, 2 shorter than the other 2; style elongate; ovary inferior.


Fruit small, dry, unequally 3-celled.

Accepted Name:
Linnaea borealis L.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Linnaea borealis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Linnaea borealis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Linnaea borealis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Linnaea borealis photos.

USDA Plants: Linnaea borealis information.

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