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Crupina vulgaris
bearded creeper, crupina

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; central and southeastern Washington to California, east to adjacent Idaho; also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, ditches, wastelots, and other disturbed, open areas.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender winter annual, 3-12 dm. tall.


Basal leaves obovate, entire, 1-3 cm. long; cauline leaves up to 7 cm. long, pinnatifid or bipinntifid, reduced upward, the segments remote, the edges glandular.


Heads naked-pedunculate, 1-5 on each branch of the inflorescence; involucre 1.5-2 cm., narrow and cylindric, the bracts imbricate in several series, tapered to a point; flowers all tubular, the tubes slender with long, narrow lobes, pink, lavender or purple; receptacle flat, covered with long, slim, chaffy bracts; inner pappus of bristles 7-10 mm. long, outer of short scales.


Achene with a ring of dark, spreading bristles on the broad end.

Accepted Name:
Crupina vulgaris Pers. ex Cass.
Publication: Dict. Sci. Nat. ed 2. 12: 68. 1818.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Crupina vulgaris in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Crupina vulgaris checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Crupina vulgaris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Crupina vulgaris photos.

USDA Plants: Crupina vulgaris information.

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