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Mitella pentandra (Fivestamen miterwort)
Cressler, Alan

Mitella pentandra

Mitella pentandra Hook.

Fivestamen Miterwort, Miterwort

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Pectiantia pentandra


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

Round, light green, saxifrage-like leaves occur in basal rosettes. A small plant with tiny, greenish flowers, in slender racemes, and leaves in a basal cluster. A nearly leafless flowering stem, from 4-14 in. tall, bears a spike of tiny, greenish flowers. Each flower has an extremely intricate, snowflake-like design visible only on close inspection.

There are several species of Mitella, all dainty little plants growing in damp, shady places in the West. One species, Bare-stem Mitella (M. nuda), has 10 stamens, the others 5.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: AK, s. along the coast to CA & into the Sierras, e. to Alt. & CO
Native Habitat: Moist woods; stream banks; wet, mt. meadows

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: A good ground cover for the woodland garden.


Description: Propagate by seed or rooted stolons.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Research Literature

Reslit 2886 - Legumes of the United States. IV. Mimosa (1971) Duane Isely

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-07-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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