Diapensia lapponica L.
Diapensia, Pincushion plant
Diapensiaceae (Pincushion-Plant Family)
USDA Symbol: DILA
A low-growing plant, forming dense tufts, with white, bell-shaped flowers borne singly on short stalks.
This plant is strikingly showy when in flower. The low, mat-forming habit is typical of many plants in harsh arctic and alpine environments. Diapensia is especially common above the timberline on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The species name refers to Lapland, where the plant also occurs.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , ME , NH , NY , VT
Canada: NL , NS , QC
Native Distribution: Manitoba; Quebec and Newfoundland south to New York; also in much of far north.
Native Habitat: Bare ledges, gravel patches, and mountain summits.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Diapensia lapponica is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Arctic Blue |
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BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.2 - Preservation Blooms in Recreated Prairies, New Wildflower Center Prairie Welcome...
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff