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Parnassia fimbriata Koenig
Fringed grass of Parnassus, Fringed Parnassia
USDA Symbol: PAFI3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff