Boraginaceae
Plagiobothrys figuratus

Fragrant Popcorn Flower

Erect, unbranched or branched from base, hairy. Leaves linear; lower leaves 2–5 in. long, occurring in pairs; upper leaves few, 1/2–2 in. long, alternate. Inflorescence often consisting of paired spikes of mostly loose coils becoming 2–8 in. at end of season, calyx coated with long shaggy hairs, sometimes rusty. Flowers fragrant, showy, white with large yellow center. Grows in wet grassy areas, edges of water. Can be confused with Cryptantha intermedia, which rarely has opposite lower leaves and is generally more hairy.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 6--15 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Vernal Wet, Meadow
  • Found In: East Gorge, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes