Close-up of the flower and lobed leaf of meadow nemophila as seen on moist grassy slopes in the Labyrinth, mid-Columbia River Gorge...............April 15, 2010.
Meadow nemophila is a small, easy to miss wildflower with prostrate or procumbent stems up to 30 cm long. The stems are simple or branched, usually mostly hairless. The leaves are opposite with with short hairs lining the the margins of the winged petioles. The blades are deeply pinnatifid and range from 6-25 mm long and 5-17 mm wide. Their are 2-3 pairs of rounded lateral lobes.
The calyx lobes are 1.5-4 mm long. The flowers are bell-shaped and 2-6 mm wide. The petals are pale lavender, or white marked with lavender.
Meadow nemophila may be found in moist, open places, including meadows and bottom lands.
Meadow nemophila may be found from southern Vancouver Island south through western Washington and throughout Oregon and California to parts of Baja California, and east to southern Idaho and Nevada.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between the elevations of 100'-2200' from near Bingen, WA east to near Horsethief Lake State Park.