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Anticlea occidentalis
bronze bells, mission bells, western featherbells

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Wet cliffs, moist meadows and scree, mostly at mid- to high elevations, but down to near sea level in the Olympic Peninsula and the Columbia River Gorge.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from small, onion-like bulb 2-4 cm. long, the flowering stem 1-4 dm. tall.


Leaves all basal, 15-30 cm. long and 3-25 mm. broad; usually 1-2 small, lanceolate bracts below the inflorescence.


Inflorescence from racemose and 3- to 6-flowered to paniculate and up to 25-flowered; flowers pendant, pale greenish-yellow to deep purplish-green, narrowly bell-shaped, 8-15 mm. long; tepals 6, alike, united at base, oblong-lanceolate, the pointed tips spreading; stamens 6, included, the filaments lanceolate.


Capsule 3-celled and 3-beaked, up to 2 cm. long including the beaks.

Accepted Name:
Anticlea occidentalis (A. Gray) Zomlefer & Judd

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Stenanthella occidentalis (A. Gray) Rydb.
Stenanthium occidentale A. Gray [FNA26, HC]
Stenanthium rhombipetalum Suksd.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anticlea occidentalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Anticlea occidentalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Anticlea occidentalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anticlea occidentalis photos.

USDA Plants: Anticlea occidentalis information.

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