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Douglasia nivalis
snow douglasia

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington, where endemic to Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, and Douglas counties.

Habitat: Sagebrush slopes to alpine ridges and talus, often in serpentine soils.

Flowers: April-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Mat-forming perennial herbs, the stems ascending, dichotomously branched, grayish overall with dense, fine, stellate pubescence.


Leaves in rosettes at the end of the branches, linear to oblanceolate, 1-3 cm. long and 1.5-4 mm. broad, entire to serrate.


Flowers in umbels on peduncles 1-7 cm. long; umbels 2- to 8-flowered, the pedicels 3-40 mm. long, subtended by an involucre of 4-10 lanceolate bracts 3-8 mm. long; calyx united its length, 6-7 mm. long, the 5 lobes deltoid, acuminate; corolla bright red to magenta-purple, the tube equaling the calyx, the 5 lobes ovate and wedge-shaped, rounded, 4-5 mm. long; stamens 5, opposite the corolla lobes, attached above mid-length on the corolla.


Capsule opening by 5 valves

Accepted Name:
Douglasia nivalis Lindl.
Publication: Quart. J. Sci. Lit. Arts. [24]: 383. 1827.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Douglasia dentata S. Watson
Douglasia nivalis Lindl. var. dentata (S. Watson) A. Gray [KZ99]
Douglasia nivalis Lindl. var. nivalis [KZ99]
Primula dentata Kuntze
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Douglasia nivalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Douglasia nivalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Douglasia nivalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Douglasia nivalis photos.

USDA Plants: Douglasia nivalis information.

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