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Hackelia micrantha
meadow forget-me-not, blue stickseed

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Moist, open hillsides seasonally wet forest openings, and riparian corridors from montane to subalpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Robust perennial from a taproot and branching base, the several stems 3-10 dm. tall, spreading stiff-hairy below and appressed- puberulent above, 3-8 mm. thick toward the base.


Basal leaves petiolate, oblanceolate or narrowly elliptic, up to 35 cm. long and 4 cm. wide, stiff-hairy; cauline leaves many, reduced upward, 5-20 cm. long and 7-20 mm. wide, the upper ones oblong and sessile.


Inflorescence of bracteate false-racemes; calyx cleft to the base; corolla blue with a yellow eye, 5-lobed, the tube slender, the limb spreading abruptly, 7-11 mm. wide; nearly 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 distinct to the base; intramarginal prickles few to several, small.

Accepted Name:
Hackelia micrantha (Eastw.) J.L. Gentry
Publication: MadroƱo 21(7): 490. 1972.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hackelia jessicae (McGregor) Brand
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Hackelia micrantha checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hackelia micrantha atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hackelia micrantha photos.

USDA Plants: Hackelia micrantha information.

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