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Ligusticum canbyi
Canby's wild lovage

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Alberta and western Montana.

Habitat: Wet to somewhat dry soil, from montane forest openings to subalpine and alpine areas.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Branched, glabrous perennial from a taproot, 5-12 dm. tall.


Leaves 2-3 pinnate, the ultimate leaflets up to 5 cm. long and 4 cm. wide, varying from toothed to dissected; basal leaves large and long-petiolate, cauline leaves few and reduced, but at least one well developed.


Inflorescence of compound umbels, rays 15-40, 2.5-5 cm. long; involucre and involucels wanting; calyx teeth obscure; petals five, white.


Fruit oblong or elliptic, 4-6 mm. long, glabrous, the ribs narrowly winged.

Accepted Name:
Ligusticum canbyi (J.M. Coult. & Rose) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Publication: Rev. N. Amer. Umbell., 86. 1888.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Ligusticum caeruleimontanum H. St. John
Ligusticum leibergii J.M. Coult. & Rose
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ligusticum canbyi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ligusticum canbyi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ligusticum canbyi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ligusticum canbyi photos.

USDA Plants: Ligusticum canbyi information.

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