Thick-leaf Thelypody (Thelypodium laciniatum var. laciniatum)
This early bloomer is only found in dry rocky sites at lower and middle elevations. In fact, most of the photos we’ve seen of this uncommon plant have it springing directly from a rock face. Unique to the “dry steppe” environs of the Northwest, this Thelypody is found mostly east of the Cascades, including Idaho and Nevada and adjacent areas of California. The big pointed toothed leaves, remind one of dandelions. We’ve typically seen white flowers, but some can be pink. After the flowers drop, long and narrow flat seed pods remain extending in all directions from the tall (3 or more feet) raceme (stem). A look not dissimilar to a spent wallflower raceme, its kin in the mustard family.
Lyle Cherry Orchard Trailhead, Columbia Gorge, WA, 4/2016.