Spiked Ipomopsis - Ipomopsis spicata
MNPS Threat Rank
Perennial with a usually simple or branched caudex. Stems simple, erect, 3–35 cm. Herbage glandular puberulent to tomentose to glabrous. Leaves 1–5 cm long, deeply ternately to pinnately lobed into linear segments, the basal leaves sometimes linear, withering at flowering. Inflorescence a terminal, congested, spicate-capitate, bracteate cyme. Flowers: calyx 3–6 mm long; corolla white, salverform; tube 6–9 mm long, surpassing the calyx; lobes 3–5 mm long; stamens included with filaments shorter than the anthers. Capsule 3–5 mm long with several seeds per locule (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are subspecies spicata
(Brand.) Wilken & R.L. Hartman.
Sandy or gravelly, often calcareous soil of eroding slopes in grasslands, steppe, woodlands; valleys to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)