Spring Gold

crocmultAlso called Gold Stars

Crocidium multicaule (cro-sid-ium: downy nap on cloth; multi-caul-ee: many-stemmed, a misleading name)

Heads all yellow, 1 per stem; rays about 8, ⅓” long [9 mm]; often with one involucral bract under each ray, bracts all of one length; leaves mainly basal, plus a few alternate, lanceolate to linear, somewhat fleshy, ½–1” long [12–25 mm], entire or with a few  lobes; stems 2–8″ tall [5–20 cm], usually unbranched, often woolly near the leaf axils; small annual plant, an early bloomer, beginning in March in the Gorge.

Habitat: Rock ledges that dry out in summer, or sagebrush steppe; fairly low elevations in WA, OR, e VI,  and infrequent in ID and sc BC.

This article and photo are adapted from Northwest Mountain Wildflowers, an app for iPhone and iPod.