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Diapensia lapponica

Diapensia lapponica L.

Diapensia, Pincushion Plant

Diapensiaceae (Diapensia Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

A low-growing plant, forming dense tufts, with white, bell-shaped flowers borne singly on short stalks.

This plant is strikingly showy when in flower. The low, mat-forming habit is typical of many plants in harsh arctic and alpine environments. Diapensia is especially common above the timberline on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The species name refers to Lapland, where the plant also occurs.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AK , ME , NH , NY , VT
Canada: NL , NS , QC
Native Distribution: Manitoba; Quebec and Newfoundland south to New York; also in much of far north.
Native Habitat: Bare ledges, gravel patches, and mountain summits.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Arctic Blue
(Plebejus glandon)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.2 - Preservation Blooms in Recreated Prairies, New Wildflower Center Prairie Welcome...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Diapensia lapponica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Diapensia lapponica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Diapensia lapponica


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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