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Arctic Stitchwort Minuartia arctica


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Arctic Stitchwort
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Alternate name: Arctic Sandwort

Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family

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

Habitat Dry ridges; rocky, mountain slopes; tundra.

Range Alaska and Yukon; also n.e. Asia.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial shade.

Native Distribution Alaska & Yukon; also n.e. Asia

Site Preference Dry ridges; rocky, mt. slopes; tundra

Soil Preference Dry, gravelly soils.