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Parnassia glauca (Fen grass of parnassus)
Smith, R.W.

Parnassia glauca

Fen grass of Parnassus, Grass-of-Parnassus

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

USDA Symbol: pagl3

USDA Native Status:

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Sandy loam


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Amandas Garden - Springwater, NY

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Parnassia glauca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Parnassia glauca in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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