Boraginaceae
Amsinckia menziesii

Menzies' Fiddleneck

Erect. Stems, leaves green with bristles. As stem unrolls, flowers bloom from bottom upward. Flowers have calyx with 5 lobes; tube yellow with wide unrestricted throat with or without red dots. Pale yellow-flowered forms usually do not have red dots in throat. Anthers appressed to stigma in throat. Abundant over a wide range in open ground from coastline to mid elevations. Self-pollinating var. menziesii (pictured) has no red dots in throat; found throughout the range, including Steens Mountain. Var. intermedia is yellow-orange with red-orange dots in throat; grows throughout the range.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--15 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes