Fen grass of Parnassus, Grass-of-Parnassus
USDA Symbol: pagl3
USDA Native Status:
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: CT , IA , IL , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VT , WI
Canada: MB , NB , ON , QC
Native Distribution: Saskatchewan east to Newfoundland, south to Pennsylvania, and west to Illinois, Iowa, and the Dakotas.
Native Habitat: Bogs, meadows, and shorelines.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Sandy loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Amandas Garden - Springwater, NY
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Parnassia glauca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Parnassia glauca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Parnassia glauca
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff