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Columbia Kittentails

  • Scientific Name: Synthyris missurica v. stellata
  • Garden: Natives Garden
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist/Well-Drained

Plant Information

As one of the first to bloom in spring, it is also a valuable nectar source for the earliest of the season’s garden pollinators.
Native Range: Common throughout the western United States and Canada, in woodland to open areas mostly low-to-mid elevations.
Characteristics: Small clumps of basal leaves, heart-shaped to roundish with shallow lobes. Rising above are short stems with tiny blue-violet, bell-shaped flowers held in small clusters.

Culture: Grows happily in dappled sunny, well-drained, humus-y part of the garden.
Pests/Diseases: Nothing noted to be of a bother

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Photo Credit

SYMI Full, SYMI Leaf (©2022 Cheri Moland)