Sabulina rubella
boreal stitchwort
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Distribution: Alaska to Greenland, south in the mountains to Oregon and New Mexico

Habitat: Subalpine to alpine meadows, ridges and talus slopes

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Mostly glandular-pubescent, tufted perennial from a slender taproot and branched crown, the numerous, short, prostrate stems forming small cushions; flowering stems 1-10 cm. tall, slender, simple or branched.


Leaves mostly basal, over-lapping, linear, 3-nerved, 3-10 mm. long; cauline leaves consisting of a few pairs.


Flowers 2-7 in an open, leafy-bracteate inflorescence; sepals 5, 3-4 mm. long, 3-nerved, pointed, scarious-margined; petals 5, white, about equal to the sepals; stamens 10, borne on a disc surrounding the ovary; styles 3.


Capsule longer than the sepals, narrowly ovoid, opening by 3 valves.

Accepted Name:
Sabulina rubella (Wahlenb.) Dillenb. & Kadereit

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Alsine rubella Wahlenb.
Arenaria hirta (Wormskjöld) Hartm. var. rubella (Wahlenb.) Hartm.
Arenaria propinqua Richardson
Arenaria rubella (Wahlenb.) Sm. [HC]
Arenaria verna L. var. propinqua (Richardson) Fernald
Arenaria verna L. var. pubescens (Cham. & Schltdl.) Fernald
Arenaria verna L. var. rubella (Wahlenb.) S. Watson
Minuartia rubella (Wahlenb.) Hiern [FNA5]
Tryphane rubella (Wahlenb.) Rchb.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sabulina rubella in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sabulina rubella checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Sabulina rubella atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sabulina rubella photos.

USDA Plants: Sabulina rubella information.

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