Orthocarpus cuspidatus ssp. copelandii

Copeland's Owl's Clover

Erect spike, rounded head wider than stem. Lower stem leaves 1/2–2 in., narrow, with pointed tips. Bracts in flower head are green, with pink tips [[ok? OK]] , wide, top bracts with narrow side lobes. Flowers usually less than 1/2 in. long, pink to purple. Grows in open grassy or rocky slopes at mid to high elevations. Known to hybridize with subsp. cuspidatus, Siskiyou Mountains owl's clover, which is stout-stemmed, larger-flowered, 1/2–1 in. long, grows at mid to high elevations. Subsp. cryptanthus, cryptantha owl's clover, has shorter flowers hidden by bright pink tips of bracts, grows at mid to high elevations in central and eastern areas.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--8 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Shrub-Steppe, Subalpine
  • Found In: Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes

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