Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Sagina:
Sagina maxima
Page Authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
sticky-stem pearlwort, stick-stemmed pearlwort 
Blooms: June-September
Habit: herb
Duration: annual,perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring in counties along the coast in Washington; distinctly coastal, Alaska south to Monterey County, California.
Habitat: Moist sand or rocks.
Species Description:

General: Usually glabrous, fleshy biennial or perennial, the stems prostrate to ascending, slender, usually branched, up to 15 cm. long.
Leaves: Basal leaves numerous, forming rosettes, 1-3 cm. long and up to 2 mm. broad; cauline leaves opposite, linear, 5-15 mm. long, often with bundles of secondary leaves in the axils.
Flowers: Flowers solitary in the leaf axils and terminal on the branches; pedicles nearly filiform, 10-35 mm. long; sepals 5, distinct, erect, 3-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, shorter than the sepals; stamens 5; styles 5, alternate with the sepals.
Fruits: Capsule 1.5-2 times as long as the calyx, 5-valved.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Sagina maxima Gray

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Sagina maxima specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Sagina maxima specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Sagina maxima treatment.

E-Flora BC: Sagina maxima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sagina maxima images.

USDA Plants Database: Sagina maxima.
Additional photographs of Sagina maxima:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2009
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