Brassicaceae
Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

Dagger Pod

Basal clump of many gray leaves from thick base. Leaves egg-shaped to narrowly oval, densely to lightly covered with white or gray forked hairs, 4–10 in. long, including petiole. Flowers in dense leafless clusters on horizontal stems. Petals pink to lavender or purple, spoon-shaped. Seedpods on elongating stems spread outward on short stalks, lance-shaped, flat, 1/2–3 in. long, hairless. Grows in basalt outcrops, rocky soils, in Great Basin, at mid to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--10 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, Shrub-Steppe, Dry Rocky Sites
  • Found In: East Gorge, Siskiyous, Steens, Wallowas, Crater Lake NP
  • Native: Yes