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Harrimanella stelleriana
Alaska bell-heather, Alaska bellheather, alpine heather, Alaskan moss-heather, Alaskan mountain-heather

Distribution: Alaska to the high Cascades of Washington

Habitat: Rocky slopes and seeps, alpine to subalpine

Flowers: July - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Mat-forming shrubs, the flowering stems 3-10 cm. tall, the branches minutely puberulent.


Leaves alternate, spreading, linear-oblanceolate, 3-5 mm. long, short-petiolate, glabrous or the margins with short hairs.


Flowers single and terminal, 5-6 mm. long, on stout, puberulent pedicels 3-10 mm. long; sepals 5, nearly distinct, oblong-ovate, reddish, denticulate; corolla broadly bell-shaped, white or pinkish, the 5 lobes equaling the tube; stamens 10, included, the filaments conspicuously broadened at the base, about the width of the globose anthers; ovary superior.


Fruit a 5-celled, globose capsule.

Accepted Name:
Harrimanella stelleriana (Pall.) Coville
Publication: Proc. Wash. Acad. Sci. 3: 574. 1901. 1901.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Andromeda stelleriana Pall.
Cassiope stelleriana (Pall.) DC. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Harrimanella stelleriana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Harrimanella stelleriana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Harrimanella stelleriana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Harrimanella stelleriana photos.

USDA Plants: Harrimanella stelleriana information.

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