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Luetkea pectinata (Pursh) Kuntze
Alaska spiraea, Partridgefoot
USDA Symbol: lupe
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff