Phyllodoce ×intermedia
hybrid mountain heather

Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Yukon Territory to Oregon, east to Northwest Territory, Alberta, Montana, and Wyoming.

Habitat: Subalpine and alpine meadows.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Matted, evergreen shrubs 1-4 dm. tall, forming large mats, the young stems glandular-pubescent. This species is a sterile hybrid of P. empetriformis and P. glanduliflora, and is found only where these two species are found growing in the same area.


Leaves linear, alternate, closely crowded, persistent, 6-16 mm. long and 1-2 mm. broad, revolute, leaving a peg-like leaf scar.


Flowers single in the leaf axils, clustered at the stem tips; calyx lobes 5, nearly distinct, lanceolate; corolla united, urn-shaped, light pink, 5-7 mm. long, the 5 lobes short, spreading; stamens 10, included, the anthers without awns, opening by apical slits; ovary superior, glandular.


Capsule opening from the apex.

Accepted Name:
Phyllodoce ×intermedia (Hook.) Rydb.
Publication: New Fl. & Silva 12: 210. 1940.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Phyllodoce hybrida Rydb.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Phyllodoce ×intermedia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Phyllodoce ×intermedia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Phyllodoce ×intermedia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Phyllodoce ×intermedia photos.

USDA Plants: Phyllodoce ×intermedia information.

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