Hackelia hispida
rough stickseed

Distribution: Snake River Canyon and vicinity in Oregon, Idaho and Washington; also in the Grand Coulee of Washington.

Habitat: Cliffs and talus slopes.

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Perennial from a taproot, the several stems 2-8 dm. tall, green, nearly glabrous; herbage with spreading-bristly hairs.


Basal leaved persistent, petiolate, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 5-20 cm. long and 4-15 mm. wide, with short, stiff hairs; cauline leaves progressively smaller, sessile, lanceolate to linear.


Inflorescence of nearly naked false-racemes; calyx cleft to the base; corolla ochroleucous or greenish-tinged, 5-lobed, the tube slender, the limb spreading abruptly, 4-5 mm. wide; glabrous appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube; stamens not exerted; style shorter than the nutlets.


Nutlets 4, attached to the base of the style, with marginal prickles united nearly their length to form a cup-like border; intramarginal prickles small.

Accepted Name:
Hackelia hispida (A. Gray) I.M. Johnst.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. disjuncta – sagebrush stickseed
var. hispida – rough stickseed
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hackelia hispida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hackelia hispida checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hackelia hispida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hackelia hispida photos.

USDA Plants: Hackelia hispida information.

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