Apiaceae
Lomatium nudicaule

Barestem Desert Parsley

Erect, glaucous blue throughout. Leaves mostly basal, pinnately divided, petiole 1 1/2–10 in. long, sheathed to middle. Leaflets large, egg-shaped, untoothed or coarsely toothed. Flower stalk has no leaf or bract but is swollen at top. Flowers, which branch outward unequally in tight clusters, are tiny, cream-yellow or rarely purple, spicy-smelling. Grows in open areas with dry rocky clay or sandy soils from near coastline to mid elevations. Nudicaule, meaning "naked stem," refers to the leafless flower stalk.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 10--30 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Meadow, Coastal, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Throughout Our Region, Olympic NP, East Gorge, Great Basin, Siskiyous, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes