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Androsace septentrionalis
northern fairy-candelabra, rock jasmine, pygmyflower

Distribution: Northern Washington; circumpolar in the arctic, widespread in Canada, pacific coast of the United States east to Dakotas, Minnesota, and Texas.

Habitat: Alpine meadows.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)


Scapose, pubescent annual 3-25 cm. tall.


Leaves in a single rosette, oblanceolate, 1-3 cm. long, entire to denticulate, sparsely to densely hairy with simple or forked hairs.


Scapes usually many, 1-10 cm. long, from nearly glabrous to densely hairy with fine, branched hairs; inflorescence of 3- to 25-flowered umbels, with narrow, involucrate bracts 3-6 mm. long; pedicels slender, 1-5 cm. long, the outer ones strongly curved; calyx top-shaped, 2.5-4 mm. long, the 5 lobes deltoid, much shorter than the tube; corolla white, slightly longer than the calyx; stamens 5, included; ovary superior, style single.


Capsule, nearly globose.

Accepted Name:
Androsace septentrionalis L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 142. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Androsace septentrionalis L. ssp. subumbellata (A. Nelson) G.T. Robbins [KZ99]
Androsace septentrionalis L. var. subumbellata A. Nelson
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Androsace septentrionalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Androsace septentrionalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Androsace septentrionalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Androsace septentrionalis photos.

USDA Plants: Androsace septentrionalis information.

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