Luetkea pectinata (Pursh) Kuntze
Alaska Spiraea, Partridgefoot
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Synonym(s): Saxifraga pectinata
USDA Symbol: LUPE
A dainty, mat-forming sub-shrub; the upright, flowering stems are mostly 4-6 in. tall. Each low rosette has many small, finely dissected, bright green leaves and terminal plumes of small, creamy-yellow flowers. From dense patches or mats of dark green divided leaves grow erect stalks with white flowers in dense clusters at the top.
The name Partridgefoot refers to the divided leaves, shaped like birds feet.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Mts. of AK & Yukon to n. CA & w. MT
Native Habitat: Moist or shaded, mt. areas, usually where snow persists late in the season
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: A useful and adaptable ground cover.
PropagationDescription: This species comes well from seed and is easy to multiply from detached rosettes.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1985 VOL. 2, NO.1 - A Glorious Spring, Lupines in Landscapes, Director's Report, Notable Quote, Wild...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Luetkea pectinata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Luetkea pectinata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Luetkea pectinata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff