Parnassia fimbriata K.D. Koenig
Fringed grass of Parnassus, Fringed Parnassia
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
USDA Symbol: PAFI3
A white or cream, saucer-shaped flower blooms atop each of several stems, with most leaves at base.
Parnassus, in both common and scientific names, probably dedicates the plant to the Muses, for snowcapped Mount Parnassus was celebrated as their home. The 5 fan-shaped, finger-tipped staminodia of Parnassia are distinctive.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Alaska to central California; east to the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Alberta.
Native Habitat: Wet places in the mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Find Seed or Plants
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Parnassia fimbriata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Parnassia fimbriata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Parnassia fimbriata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-10-17
Research By: TWC Staff