Cryptantha gracilis, Narrowstem Cryptantha
Scientific Name: Cryptantha gracilis
Common Name: Narrowstem Cryptantha
Also Called: Narrowstem Catseye, Narrowstem Pick-Me-Not, Slender Cryptantha
Family: Boraginaceae, Forget-Me-Not Family
Size: About 12 inches tall.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; erect or decumbent, single or multiple stems, branched or not, coarse hairy, stiff or bristly.
Leaves: Green; linear or narrowly oblanceolate, bristly.
Flower Color: White; bright white with yellow in corolla tube, flowering stems coiled, flowers in small clusters, hairy, fruit a single nutlet.
Flowering Season: May to June.
Elevation: 1,500 to 7,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Mesas and rocky slopes, prefers limestone, in Creosote Bush and Pinyon-juniper communities.
Recorded Range: Narrowstem Cryptantha is found in the southwest and northwest United States in; AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA and WY.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Cryptantha gracilis.
U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.
Comments: There are many species of Cryptantha in Arizona all with similar taxonomic characteristics making them difficult to identify to species. Many can be spotted blooming in spring or early summer.
Members of the genus Cryptantha are collectively referred to as Cat’s Eyes or Popcorn Flowers.