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Romanzoffia sitchensis
Sitka mistmaiden

Distribution: Occurring on oth sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to northern California, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Wet cliffs and ledges, usually at middle to high elevations in the mountains, but descending to near sea level in the Columbia River Gorge.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender, lax, herbaceous perennials, 1-2 dm. tall, nearly glabrous except for the soft hairs on the margins of the petioles.


Leaves mostly basal, the blades reniform-orbicular, 1-4 cm. wide, palmately veined and coarsely dentate; petioles well-developed, their bases expanding and overlapping; cauline leaves few and low on the stem, or none.


Inflorescence several-flowered, racemose, loose and elongate on naked peduncles, surpassing the leaves, the pedicels 1-4 cm. long; calyx divided nearly to the base, the 5 lobes short; corolla bell-shaped, 5-lobed, white with a yellow eye, 6-11 mm. long and wide; stamens 5; style 2-5 mm. long, 2-parted.


Capsule 2-celled, ovules numerous.

Accepted Name:
Romanzoffia sitchensis Bong.
Publication: Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. St.-Pétersbourg, Sér. 6, Sci. Math. 2(2): 158-159, pl. 4. 1832.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Romanzoffia sitchensis Bong. f. suksdorfii (Greene) Brand
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Romanzoffia sitchensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Romanzoffia sitchensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Romanzoffia sitchensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Romanzoffia sitchensis photos.

USDA Plants: Romanzoffia sitchensis information.

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