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Ligusticum grayi
Gray's lovage, sheep wild lovage

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in the mountainous areas of Washington; northern Washington to California and Nevada, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Moist or sometimes dry open slopes and drier meadows in subalpine and alpine areas.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial from a taproot, the stems 2-6 dm. high, often scapose.


Leaves mostly basal, ternate-pinnately compound, the leaflets toothed or cleft, up to 3 cm. long; cauline leaves occasionally 1-2, much reduced.


Flowers white or sometimes pinkish, small; umbels 1-3, compound, the rays 7-14, 2-3.5 cm. long; involucre and involucel wanting; styles 2, short, the bases low-conic.


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

Accepted Name:
Ligusticum grayi J.M. Coult. & Rose
Publication: Rev. N. Amer. Umbell. 88, f. 92. 1888.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Ligusticum apiifolium var. minus Gray ex Brewer & Wats. [IMF]
Ligusticum caeruleomontanum
Ligusticum cusickii
Ligusticum purpureum
Ligusticum tenuifolium var. dissimilis
Pimpinella apidora var. nudicaulis
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Ligusticum grayi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ligusticum grayi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ligusticum grayi photos.

USDA Plants: Ligusticum grayi information.

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