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Parnassia fimbriata K.D. Koenig
Fringed grass of Parnassus, Fringed Parnassia
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff