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Hesperochiron californicus
California hesperochiron, California monkey-fiddle
Bell-shaped corolla.

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to western MT, WY, and UT.

Habitat: Mostly in more or less alkaline meadows and flats, in plains, foothills and valleys

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial tufted herb.


All basal; broad with unlobed margins, pubescent.


Showy, white, bell-shaped with 5 flaring lobes.


Many seeded capsules.

Identification Notes:

The bell-shaped corolla and hairy leaves distinguish this species from H. pumilis, which has flatter saucer-shaped corollas and more glabrous leaves.

Accepted Name:
Hesperochiron californicus (Benth.) S. Watson
Publication: Botany Fortieth Parallel 281. 1871.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hesperochiron californicus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hesperochiron californicus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hesperochiron californicus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hesperochiron californicus photos.

USDA Plants: Hesperochiron californicus information.

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