Cryptantha flaccida

Weak-Stem Cryptantha

Upright, with sharp bristly hairs that mostly stand straight up. Stem branches ascending, usually divided in the inflorescence. Leaves linear to oblong, to 2 in., mostly near base, a few scattered on stem. Flowers in coils at top are small, white, sometimes touching each other, surrounded by dense calyx bristles that curve to a hooked tip. Most flowers have single nutlet. Grows in dry gravelly soils in open sites throughout our region at low to mid-elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--16 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: East Gorge
  • Native: Yes