Mitella pentandra Hook.
Fivestamen miterwort, Miterwort
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
Synonym(s): Pectiantia pentandra
USDA Symbol: MIPE
Round, light green, saxifrage-like leaves occur in basal rosettes. A small plant with tiny, greenish flowers, in slender racemes, and leaves in a basal cluster. A nearly leafless flowering stem, from 4-14 in. tall, bears a spike of tiny, greenish flowers. Each flower has an extremely intricate, snowflake-like design visible only on close inspection.
There are several species of Mitella, all dainty little plants growing in damp, shady places in the West. One species, Bare-stem Mitella (M. nuda), has 10 stamens, the others 5.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: AK, s. along the coast to CA & into the Sierras, e. to Alt. & CO
Native Habitat: Moist woods; stream banks; wet, mt. meadows
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: A good ground cover for the woodland garden.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or rooted stolons.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Mitella pentandra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mitella pentandra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mitella pentandra
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff