Pink Microsteris

(Microsteris gracilis)


Range: Washington and Oregon, also common in Andes in South America


Climate, elevation: Low to Mid elevations


Local occurrence: Very common in eastern Washington on dry slops, and in disturbed areas, including burned areas. Bloom Feb-May


Habitat preferences: Dry to moist slopes


Plant strategy type/successional stage: Often is the first plant to come up in disturbed areas. Seeds can bank for a long time in soil.


May be collected as: Collected as seeds in mid summer.


Seed germination: 2 weeks of cod stratification 35-40 F (Bartow, 2004)


Seed life: Seeds can remain viable for a few seasons.


Recommended seed storage conditions: Dry seeds to a few % moisture, and store in cold dry environment.


Propagation recommendations: Propagate by seed.


Soil or medium requirements: Non soil medium- peat based with plenty of aeration, to simulate natural preference (Bartow, 2004).


Installation form: Propagate and plant from cone containers, as they are less expensive and larger containers are not necessary.


Recommended planting density: There is not necessary planting density, however gracilis can spread rather quickly, and is often described as behaving like a weed.


Care requirements after installed: Water well when first planted. It will be fine after that, as it is a hearty plant.


Normal rate of growth or spread; lifespan: Spreads rapidly, is often described as weedy in disturbed areas. (


Sources cited


Bartow, Amy. 2004. Propagation protocol for production of container Microsteris gracilis E. Greene plants; Corvallis Plant Materials Center, Corvallis, Oregon. In: Native Plant Network. URL: (accessed 25 May 2006). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.


Pojar, Jim and Markinnon, Andy. 1994. Plants of The Pacific Northwest Coast Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. B.C Forest Service, Research Program


Data compiled by: Joshua Hegarty, 25 May, 2006