Wildflowers of Sun Valley

Tiny Trumpet

Collomia linearis Nutt.

It is a simple, single-stemmed annual to 60 cm tall. Occasionally larger plants may have several to many side branches of the main stem. The leaves are numerous, sessile, entire, and lanceolate or linear in shape. Individual leaves range in length from 1/2 to 3 inches long and 1/4 to 2 inches wide. The broadest leaves are those under the flower clusters. Each branch of the stem ends in dense, leafy-bracteate cluster of sessile flowers. Those below are smaller than the uppermost inflorescence. The corolla is usually pink, blue, or white. The thin tube is about 3 to 6 inches  long with the corolla lobes short at 1/2 to 1 1/4 inches long.The Tiny Trumpet is located from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains. It is a plant of dry to moderately moist, open or lightly shade ground. It  is found throughout our area. It is not conspicuous, but there are many and it will be seen often if one is looking for wild flowers. The Tiny Trumpet grows in open areas, during late spring and into the summer depending on the elevation.

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