Navarretia intertexta

From Puget Prairie Plants
  • Latin Name: Navarretia intertexta
  • Family: Polemoniaceae
  • Common Names: needleleaf navarretia, needleleaf pincushion-plant
  • Synonyms/Misapplications: Navarretia minima Nutt. var. intertexta


Navarretia intertexta
Photo by Roger T. George, 2016. Also featured on Main Page.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Phylum: Spermatophyta
Subphylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteranae
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Navarretia Ruiz & Pav.
Species: Navarretia intertexta (Benth.) Hook.


Annual taprooted herb.

Leaves 1-2 times pinnate, needle-like at tips, lobes spreading. Often white-hairy at leaf base.

Inflorescence consisting of terminal bracteate sessile flower heads, conspicuously hairy, bracts also forked, needle-like, lobes spreading, often exceeding corollas. Corollas white, 5 egg-shaped lobes, stamen exserted, exceeding corolla.

Fruits are 2-chambered capsules, each chamber containing 3-5 seeds, which become sticky when moistened.[1][2]

Bloom Period



Southwest BC to California, on both sides of Cascades, east to western Montana and Idaho, Utah, and Arizona, Rocky Mountains, and Great Basin.[4]


Moist to moderately dry sites up to mid elevations in mountains.[4]

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  1. Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia []. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:2020-05-09]
  2. Leigh A. Johnson 2013, Navarretia intertexta, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 1, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=34455, accessed on June 04, 2020.
  3. WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press.