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Ballhead Waterleaf, Cat's Breeches, Dwarf Waterleaf - Hydrophyllum capitatum


Family: Hydrophyllaceae - Waterleaf family Genus Common Name: Waterleaf Native Status: Native
Hydrophyllum capitatum - Ballhead Waterleaf, Cat's Breeches, Dwarf Waterleaf. The Ballhead Waterleaf is found on moist mountain slopes and woodlands in 9 northwestern states (CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY.) The color seems to be generally bluish at lower elevations getting paler to white as the elevation gets higher, although you may find a mix at any altitude. This common, small, attractive plant may be up to about a foot tall.

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Distribution of Hydrophyllum capitatum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Feb 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Boise National Forest, Ada County, ID Date: 2010-June-15Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The bright green leaves of Ballhead Waterleaf are deeply lobed, and usually partially hide the attractive ball-shaped cluster of flowers.
Hydrophyllum capitatum

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