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Parnassia fimbriata (Fringed grass of parnassus)
Glase, Terry

Parnassia fimbriata

Parnassia fimbriata K.D. Koenig

Fringed Grass Of Parnassus, Fringed Parnassia

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)


USDA Symbol: PAFI3

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

A white or cream, saucer-shaped flower blooms atop each of several stems, with most leaves at base.

Parnassus, in both common and scientific names, probably dedicates the plant to the Muses, for snowcapped Mount Parnassus was celebrated as their home. The 5 fan-shaped, finger-tipped staminodia of Parnassia are distinctive.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 14 inches tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

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


USA: AK , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NT , YT
Native Distribution: Alaska to central California; east to the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Alberta.
Native Habitat: Wet places in the mountains.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
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 Parnassia fimbriata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Parnassia fimbriata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Parnassia fimbriata


Record Modified: 2023-05-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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