The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of white-stemmed frasera (var. albicaulis) as seen on Zumwalt Prairie to the northeast of Enterprise, OR..........June 27, 2008.
1. 4-petaled flowers have their petals widely reflexed outward. The flowers are whitish to light blue, with a dark bluish to purplish mottling.
2. Flowers are located in tight racemes at the apex of the plant.
3. Stems are erect, and stiff.
4. The basal leaves are linear-oblanceolate in shape, to occasionally spatulate.
5. The cauline (stem) leaves are opposite, much reduced upwards on the stem, and linear-oblanceolate in shape.
6. Plants may be glabrous (green), but are more frequently densely short haired (a grayish color as a result).
A plant of dry plains, grasslands, and sage brush prairies from the lowlands well into the lower mountains.
White-stemmed Frasera is found from southern British Columbia south along the eastern edge of the Cascade Mts to California and Nevada, and eastward to Idaho and western Montana.