Erysimum capitatum var. purshii

(Pursh’s Wallflower)


Erysimum capitatum var. purshii, Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co. 6164


Erysimum capitatum var. purshii, Mt. Antero, Chaffee Co. 6166

Scientific Name Erysimum capitatum var. purshii USDA PLANTS Symbol ERCAP3
Common Name Pursh's Wallflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 531286
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine; rocky areas, hillsides.
Plant: Short-stemmed perennial 2 to 4 inches tall at high altitudes.
Leaves: Spatulate to narrowly oblanceolate or linear, may have a few teeth along edges edges; some small hairs on upper leaf surface.
Inflorescence: Clusters of small flowers, 1/2-inch across with 4 petals that are usually yellow, rarely lavender.
Bloom Period: July and August (at high altitudes).
References: Flora of North America and Wildflower Center.
Note: Plant normally has yellow to yellow-orange blossoms, rarely lavender as below. Images taken at 13,800 ft elevation.
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