Collomia debilis


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A member of  the phlox family, Collomia debilis occurs as one low elevation, var. camporum, and two high elevation forms, var. debilis and var. larsenii.  The latter form is found in the Cascade and Olympic mountains of Washington State.  We have only seen it in loose scree where it forms compact mounds of deeply and irregularly cleft foliage.  The flowers are small cups about 15 mm across.  The flower colour ranges from almost white to deep pink and they frequently hide the plant in the well-flowered specimens.  It is an alpine plant everyone should have on their “Must See” list.













 

Collomia debilis var. larsenii is a striking plant that brightens up the loose scree on the Elk Mountain Hike.




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