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Androsace septentrionalis (Pygmyflower rockjasmine)
Cressler, Alan

Androsace septentrionalis

Androsace septentrionalis L.

Pygmyflower Rockjasmine, Northern Fairy Candelabra

Primulaceae (Primrose Family)


USDA Symbol: anse4

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

A small plant with a basal rosette of leaves and several erect stalks ending in an open umbel of small white flowers.

This small, very slender plant is often overlooked. Its umbels of white flowers resemble miniature star bursts.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Height of plant varies widely, from less than 1 inch to about 8 inches.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , ND , NM , NV , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NL , NT , NU , ON , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Throughout western mountains and east across Great Plains to Mississippi Valley.
Native Habitat: Moist mountain soil.

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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 3 - Flora of North America (2014) 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 Androsace septentrionalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Androsace septentrionalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Androsace septentrionalis


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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