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Lithophragma parviflorum (Smallflower woodland-star)
Glase, Terry

Lithophragma parviflorum

Lithophragma parviflorum (Hook.) Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray

Smallflower Woodland-star, Prairie Star, Prairie Rockstar

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)


USDA Symbol: LIPA5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Flowers in open, slender racemes have white or pale pink petals cleft into 3 or 5 finger-like lobes; the leaves of plant mostly at base and lower part of stem.

The white or pinkish petals on star-like flowers in racemes are characteristic of the genus. Those species that grow in woods are called Woodland Star. Some species have tiny maroon beads (bulblets) in leaf axils and in place of some flowers; these can grow into new plants.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NE , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB
Native Distribution: British Columbia to northern California; east to western Nebraska, western South Dakota, Montana, and Alberta.
Native Habitat: Prairies, among sagebrush, and in open forest at lower elevations.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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