Plagiobothrys figuratus

From Puget Prairie Plants
  • Scientific Name: Plagiobothrys figuratus
  • Family: Boraginaceae
  • Common Names: fragrant plagiobothrys
  • Synonyms/Misapplications: Allocarya figurata

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Viridiplantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Spermatophytina
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteranae
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Plagiobothrys Fisch. & C.A. Mey.
Species: Plagiobothrys figuratus I.M. Johnst. ex. M. Peck
  • Plagiobothrys granulatus (Piper) I.M. Johnst.
  • Allocarya californica (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Greene
  • Allocarya granulata Piper
  • Allocarya scouleri (Hook. & Arn.) Greene
  • Plagiobothrys scouleri var. scouleri (Hook. & Arn.) I.M. Johnst.
  • Plagiobothrys reticulatus var. rossianorum I.M. Johnst.



Annual with short hairs, simple or few-branched stems.

Linear, all-cauline, lower pairs opposite, becoming alternate up the stem.

Inflorescence consists of naked spikes, tending to be paired, calyx has yellowish, loose hairs. Flowers fragrant, corolla white with a yellow eye; corolla tube narrow, the 5 lobes abruptly spreading.

Fruits are 4 keeled, rough, ovate nutlets 1.2-1.7 mm. long.[2][3]

Bloom Period



Victoria Island and Thurston County, south, chiefly west of the Cascades and Willamette Valley, but also in Columbia River Gorge, to Southwest Oregon.[3]


Nonalkaline meadows, low ground, and moist fields.[3]

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  1. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved from
  2. 2.0 2.1 WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.