Synthyris pinnatifida ssp. lanuginosa

Olympic Cut-Leaf Synthyris

Erect stem with spikes of deep blue flowers. Plant coated with soft white hairs. Leaves pinnately divided, 9–15 segments cut again into lance-shaped to linear, toothed lobes. Flower stem leafless, longer than leaves, dense spike of flowers 1/2–2 in. long. Flowers are short slightly bent tubes with 4 lobes, upper lobes somewhat hood-shaped, 2 stamens extending outward. Grows in gravelly alpine summits in Olympic Mountains, where it is at risk from mountain goats.

  • Rarity: Endemic
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--7 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine
  • Found In: Olympic Np
  • Native: Yes