Cryptantha leucophaea

Gray Cryptantha

Upright, stout perennial. Plant is densely covered with sharp white hairs, giving it a gray appearance. Leaves mostly basal, 1–2 1/2 in., narrowly linear, with sharp tip; stem leaves small, sessile. Flowers pure white. Nutlets smooth and shining. Grows in sandy places among sagebrush. A sensitive plant in Washington, known from only a few sites, with a shrinking range.

  • Rarity: Rare
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--15 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Wallowas, East Gorge
  • Native: Yes