Helminthotheca echioides

Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Picris echioides; Helminthia echidoides

Common names: bristly ox-tongue; bugloss; bugloss-picris

Helminthotheca echioides (bristly oxtongue) is a winter or summer annual, or occasionally a biennial (family Asteraceae). It is common throughout most of California, except the deserts, and is typically found in seasonally wet places.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

  • None for this species.

Other Helminthotheca echioides Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.