Sticky False Asphodel – Triantha occidentallis

False Asphodel Family – Tofieldiaceae

Actual flower size: 1/4 inch across

Actual flower size: 1/4 inch across

Sticky False Asphodel is also called Western Tofieldia.  Former Latin name was Tofieldia glutinosa.

Plant Description: Sticky False Asphodel is 4 to 20 inch tall peernnial. The upper part of stem has hairs with red, sticky glands on the tips and a cluster of tiny white flowers at the top. There are 2 to 4 narrow, blunt-tipped, iris-like, basal leaves of different lengths, all much shorter than the flowering stem.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1/2 inch across and in groups of 3.  The tepals are white to greenish-white, narrow, oblong, separated and flaring out. There are 6 stamen, longer than the tepals, with white filaments and pale yellow or purplish anthers and 3 short styles.

Ecology: Sticky False Asphodel grows in wet marshy places at low to high elevations.


1)  Sticky False Asphodel has been moved from the Lily Family to the False Asphodel Family.  See “APG Changes” page.

2) After blooming the flowers are replaced by reddish purple seed capsules which persist.

Sticky False Asphodel Photo Gallery


Actual flower size: 1/4 inch across