This small annual with succulent leaves flowers very early in the spring. It has white, self-pollinating flowers and grows rocky or vernally wet areas in areas free of competing vegetation. The black shiny seeds ripen quickly in early-May and dropping out from the still green flower bracts.
Fragrant popcorn flower is found in wet meadows/bogs and vernally wet areas. In vernal pools it puts on quite a show with other annuals such as showy downingia and monkey flower and perennials such as common camas, few-flowered shooting star and meadow trefoil. Occasional nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
We offer a mix of two key annual species of wet prairies and vernal pools. Fragrant popcorn flower and Scouler's popcornflower are often found together in these habitats. The growth habit of Scouler's popcorn is more prostrate that fragrant popcorn flower and has smaller flowers.
Rusty popcorn flower is most often found in dry grasslands and open woodlands. In western Oregon, it can be found growing in rock outcrops with Oregon white oak and madrone and other annuals such as blue-eyed Mary and rosy plectritis creating quite a beautiful natural rock garden.
This small annual is native to moist or wet areas of prairies. It can be distinguished from non-native Veronica species by its white flowers and stems that have linear leaves and glandular hairs. The non-native has blue flowers, shallowly lobed leaves, and no glandular hairs.