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Navarretia tagetina
marigold navarretia, northern navarretia, marigold pincushion-plant

Distribution: Klickitat County, Washington, south to California.

Habitat: Dry, open places at low elevations.

Flowers: May - June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


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 lobes 5, very strongly unequal, the larger ones spiny-cleft; corolla white to pale bluish or lavender, 8-11 mm. long, the 5 lobes 2-2.5 mm. long and longer than wide, each lobe with 3 veins; stigmas 3; ovary 3-celled, superior.


Capsule 3-celled, with 1-2 seeds per cell.

Accepted Name:
Navarretia tagetina Greene
Publication: Pittonia 1: 137. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Navarretia tagetina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Navarretia tagetina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Navarretia tagetina photos.

USDA Plants: Navarretia tagetina information.

15 photographs:
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