Page author: David Giblin
Navarretia intertexta
needleleaf navarretia

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains in the U.S.

Habitat: Open slopes, meadows and margins of pools, from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Simple to freely-branched annual up to 2.5 dm. tall, with soft hairs in the inflorescence.


Leaves up to 3 cm. long, pinnatifid or bi-pinnatifid with narrow segments and rachis, the terminal segment elongate; bracts similar to leaves.


Inflorescence of dense, leafy-bracteate, terminal heads; calyx white-hairy within at the mouth, the 5 lobes unequal; corolla white to pale bluish or lavender, 4-11 mm. long, the 5 lobes under 2 mm. long and longer than wide; stigmas 2; ovary superior.


Capsule 2-celled, with 3-5 seeds per cell.

Accepted Name:
Navarretia intertexta (Benth.) Hook.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Navarretia intertexta (Benth.) Hook. ssp. intertexta [JPM]
Navarretia intertexta Nutt. var. intertexta [HC]
Navarretia minima Nutt. var. intertexta (Benth.) B. Boivin
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Navarretia intertexta in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Navarretia intertexta checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Navarretia intertexta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Navarretia intertexta photos.

USDA Plants: Navarretia intertexta information.

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