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Microseris nutans
nodding microseris, nodding scorzonella, nodding silverpuffs

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains.

Habitat: Slopes, meadows, flats, and forest openings,often in somewhat moist places, from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, beetles


Glabrous perennial from 1 or several thickened fleshy roots, 1-6 dm. tall., the stem simple and curved to robust, branching and erect, with milky juice.


Leaves chiefly toward the base, extremely variable, elongate and very narrow, entire or with a few linear teeth, to broader and entire or toothed.


Heads solitary on long peduncles or few on a branching stem, nodding in bud; involucre 1-2 cm. high, the outer bracts much shorter than the inner; corollas all ligulate, yellow; pappus of 15-20 narrow scales, each bearing a long, white, plumose bristle.


Achenes 5-8 mm. long, slightly tapering, glabrous or with fine hairs.

Accepted Name:
Microseris nutans (Hook.) Sch. Bip.
Publication: Jahresber. Pollichia. 22–24: 309. 1866. 1866.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Microseris nutans (Hook.) Sch. Bip. ssp. nutans
Scorzonella nutans Hook.
Scorzonella nutans Hook. var. major (A. Gray) M. Peck
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Microseris nutans in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Microseris nutans checklist entry

OregonFlora: Microseris nutans information

E-Flora BC: Microseris nutans atlas page

CalPhotos: Microseris nutans photos

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