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Parnassia glauca Raf.
Fen grass of Parnassus, Grass-of-Parnassus
USDA Symbol: PAGL3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
1 white flower, with petals striped with green veins, atop a stem bearing 1 rounded, clasping leaf at midstem; other leaves basal.
The delicate, green veins of the petals are the distinctive feature of this perennial. Despite its common name, it does not really resemble a grass; Parnassus refers to the Greek mountain, sacred to Apollo, where the ancient naturalist Dioscorides observed similar plants in meadows. Three other very similar species of Parnassia occur in the South.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
CT , IA , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VT , WI Canada: MB
, QC Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan east to Newfoundland, south to Pennsylvania, and west to Illinois, Iowa, and the Dakotas. Native Habitat:
Bogs, meadows, and shorelines. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Sandy loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff