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Triantha glutinosa (Sticky tofieldia)
Fannon, Carolyn

Triantha glutinosa

Triantha glutinosa (Michx.) Baker

Sticky Tofieldia, False Asphodel

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Narthecium glutinosum, Tofieldia glutinosa, Tofieldia glutinosa ssp. glutinosa, Tofieldia racemosa var. glutinosa

USDA Symbol: TRGL5

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

Leafy only in the lower part, glandular in the upper part, with many tiny white flowers in a dense, often interrupted, cluster at top.

The species name glutinosa refers to the sticky, glandular hairs on the stem beneath the flower clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: White or yellowish.


USA: CT , GA , IL , IN , ME , MI , MN , NC , ND , NH , NY , OH , OR , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Wet places, meadows, and alpine ridges.

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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