Amsinckia spectabilis
seaside amsinckia

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Coastal dunes or sandy bluffs.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual; often bulbous-based; stems decumbent, green or brown, hirsute with hispid hairs; variable branches with stiff calcified or silicified walls.


Leaves basal and cauline, alternate, simple to deeply lobed or compound, green, coarse-hairy to bristly.


Inflorescence a scorpioid cyme, axis coiled but unfurling with floral maturation; calyx lobes number 2 to 3, generally unequal width, not fused above base; corolla 7-15 mm., generally orange or yellow, tube exserted, limb 5-12 mm. diameter.


Nutlets triangular, 1.5-2 mm. long, tubercles sharp or obscure, occasionally ridged.

Accepted Name:
Amsinckia spectabilis Fisch. & C.A. Mey.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Amsinckia scouleri I.M. Johnst.
var. spectabilis – woolly breeches, Scouler's fiddleneck, seaside fiddleneck
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Amsinckia spectabilis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Amsinckia spectabilis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Amsinckia spectabilis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Amsinckia spectabilis photos.

USDA Plants: Amsinckia spectabilis information.

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