Arenaria capillaris Poir.
Beautiful Sandwort, Slender Mountain Sandwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
USDA Symbol: ARCA7
Many slender forked branches growing on a main stalk above a leafy, matted base, with 1 small, white, star-like flower at end of each branch.
The genus name derives from the Latin arena (sand), referring to the preferred soil of many species. Several similar species, distinguished by technical characteristics, generally may be recognized by white flowers with five petals, three styles on the ovary, and very narrow leaves.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Alaska south to northern Oregon, northern Nevada, and western Montana.
Native Habitat: Sagebrush plains and rocky slopes in mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Well-drained sandy to rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Great plant for borders, forms large clumps.
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Arenaria capillaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arenaria capillaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arenaria capillaris
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff