Coast Boykinia – Boykinia occidentalis

Saxifrage Family – Saxifragaceae

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch across

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch across

Coast Boykinia is also called Western Boykinia.

Plant Description: Coast Boykinia has a 1 to 2 feet tall flowering stem with brownish to reddish hairs, stem leaves that are much reduced in size, and a loose, widely branched panicle of flowers at the top. The leaves are long stalked, heart to kidney-shaped, palmately-lobed, sharp-toothed, and about 1.5 inches wide.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1/2 inch across. The 5 green sepals are joined to about 2/3 their length, sharply pointed, and prominent. The 5 small (.2 inch), oval, white petals curve outward between the sepals.  There are 5 stamen and 2 horn-like styles.

Ecology: Coast Boykinia grows in moist woods and along mountain streams at sea level to middle elevations.