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bearded creeper (Crupina vulgaris)
ODA rating: B
 
USDA Symbol: CRVU2
Oregon bearded creeper distribution
 
Other common names
common crupina
 
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Bearded Creeper Plant  
 
Bearded Creeper Infestation  
Images courtesy of Dan Sharratt, Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Bearded Creeper Flower
 
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Description
Winter annual; flowers June to July. Grows one to three feet tall. Leaves alternate, with a coarse, rough texture when touched. Cotyledons (seed leaves) have a dark purple vein. Flower heads narrow and topped with pink, lavender or purple flowers in groups of up to five. Seeds have a distinct ring of dark, stiff, bristles encircling broad end.
 
Impacts
Found in range, forest and disturbed non-crop lands. The primary Pacific Northwest habitat is southern slopes in steep canyon grasslands.
 
Introduction
Common crupina is a native to the Mediterranean region.  The source and means of crupina's introduction into the U.S. is not known.  The first population was discovered in Idaho in 1969. The plant was spread to northeastern Oregon through contaminated hay.
 
Distribution in Oregon  

 
Biological controls
No approved biological control agents are available.