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Aphanes arvensis
western lady's-mantle, field parsley-piert

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, reported in Idaho, also along Atlantic Coast in the U.S.

Habitat: Ledges, often limy, sandy shores, hot springs, and other disturbed open ground at low elevations.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia and northern Africa

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low, spreading annual, the freely branched stems 5-10 cm. long, somewhat pubescent.


Leaves short-petiolate, the blades obovate with a wedge-shaped base, bi-ternately lobed, 4-8 mm. long; stipules sheathing, deeply toothed.


Flowers borne along most of the length of the stem, usually 5-15 at each node in the axils of the sheathing stipules, opposite the petiole; pedicles shorter or longer than the stipules; calyx tube 1-1.5 mm. long, narrowly bell-shaped, with 4 short, triangular, erect lobes; petals none; stamens usually one.


Achene glabrous, ellipsoid.

Accepted Name:
Aphanes arvensis L.
Publication: Species Plantarum 1: 123. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Alchemilla arvensis (L.) Scop.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Aphanes arvensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Aphanes arvensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Aphanes arvensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Aphanes arvensis photos.

USDA Plants: Aphanes arvensis information.

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