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Luetkea pectinata (Pursh) Kuntze
Alaska spiraea, Partridgefoot
Synonym(s): Saxifraga pectinata
USDA Symbol: lupe
A dainty, mat-forming sub-shrub; the upright, flowering stems are mostly 4-6 in. tall. Each low rosette has many small, finely dissected, bright green leaves and terminal plumes of small, creamy-yellow flowers. From dense patches or mats of dark green divided leaves grow erect stalks with white flowers in dense clusters at the top.
The name Partridgefoot refers to the divided leaves, shaped like birds feet.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WA Canada: AB
, BC Native Distribution:
Mts. of AK
& Yukon to n. CA
& w. MT Native Habitat:
Moist or shaded, mt. areas, usually where snow persists late in the season
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: A useful and adaptable ground cover.
PropagationDescription: This species comes well from seed and is easy to multiply from detached rosettes.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| UPL || FACU || FACU |
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