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Moehringia macrophylla
large-leaf sandwort

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, also east across Canada to the Great Lakes region and northeastern North America.

Habitat: Moist to dry, shaded to open woods, meadows and rocky slopes in the mountains

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low perennial from slender rhizomes, forming patches with both sterile and flowering stems; stems branched, erect to decumbent, 5-15 cm. tall.


Leaves numerous, linear-elliptic to lanceolate, pointed, 2-5 cm, long and 3-15 mm. wide.


Flowers 2-5 in an open, terminal inflorescence; pedicels slender, up to 3 cm. long; sepals 5, 3-6 mm. long, ovate-lanceolate, pointed; petals 5, white, usually longer than the sepals; stamens 10; styles 3.


Capsule globose-ovoid, shorter than the calyx, opening by 6 valves.

Accepted Name:
Moehringia macrophylla (Hook.) Fenzl
Publication: Vers. Darstell. Alsin. 18, 38. 1833.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Arenaria macrophylla Hook. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Moehringia macrophylla in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Moehringia macrophylla checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Moehringia macrophylla atlas page.

CalPhotos: Moehringia macrophylla photos.

USDA Plants: Moehringia macrophylla information.

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