Page author: David Giblin
Frasera albicaulis

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Nevada.

Habitat: Low plains to open areas in the mountains at moderate elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from a branched, woody base, glabrous to densely puberulent, the several flowering stems 1-7 dm. tall.


Leaves prominently 3-nerved and white margined; basal leaves linear-oblanceolate to narrowly spatulate, 5-30 cm. long and 5-20 mm. broad; cauline leaves opposite, much reduced upward.


Inflorescence a congested to open, interrupted panicle; calyx divided nearly to the base, the 4 lobes 4-9 mm. long, narrowly ovate to linear-lanceolate; corolla rotate, the tube very short, the 4 lobes 5-11 mm. long, ovate to oblong, pointed, dark bluish to purplish, often darker mottled, rarely white, each lobe with an oblong pit, fringed above; filaments 4, united at the base by crown scales 1-6 mm. long; style slender, much longer than the superior ovary.


Capsule 10-15 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Frasera albicaulis Griseb.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. albicaulis – white-stemmed frasera
var. columbiana – Columbia frasera    Near the Columbia River in Klickitat and Yakima Counties, Washington, and adjascent Oregon
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Frasera albicaulis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Frasera albicaulis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Frasera albicaulis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Frasera albicaulis photos.

USDA Plants: Frasera albicaulis information.

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