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Minuartia arctica (Arctic stitchwort)
Weyand, Phyllis

Minuartia arctica

Minuartia arctica (Stev. ex Ser.) Graebn.

Arctic Stitchwort, Arctic Sandwort

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Synonym(s): Arenaria arctica, Lidia arctica

USDA Symbol: MIAR3

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

A mat-forming perennial with long, linear basal leaves in lowland plants; short/linear in more upland specimens. White, five-petaled flowers occur singly just above the needle-like leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Mat-forming, up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: AK & Yukon; also n.e. Asia
Native Habitat: Dry ridges; rocky, mt. slopes; tundra

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly soils.


Description: Propagate by division, cuttings or seed.
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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