Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)

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Hot pink spring nectar source!

Sea Blush is commonly seen along bluffs, meadows, and glacial outwash prairies. It can sometimes form small colonies, which bloom bright pink starting in about April. It usually stays about a foot tall, but in rich soil it will grow taller and bloom more profusely.

A member of the Valerian family, Sea Blush is an important spring nectar source. It is very well liked by native bees, especially bumble bees. It is also a host plant for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas Editha Taylori), and its nectar is important both for Taylor's Checkerspot and the endangered Fender's Blue butterfly (Icaricia Icarioides Fenderi).

Sea Blush is beautiful on its own, but really shines with other meadow plants. It reseeds itself well, and will return in years to come.

Photo Credit: By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Photo Credit: By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY 2.5,

Annual (one year)
Full sun
Moist through spring
Approximately one foot, can grow taller in rich soils
Pink globes
Bloom Period:
Mid spring to late spring
Thickish, tough leaves.
Native Range:
Southern BC through California, west of the Cascades
Typical Habitat:
Bluffs, meadows, glacial outwash prairies