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Sagina maxima
stick-stemmed pearlwort
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
WTU images

Distribution: Occurring in counties along the coast in Washington; distinctly coastal, Alaska south to Monterey County, California.

Habitat: Moist sand or rocks.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Usually glabrous, fleshy biennial or perennial, the stems prostrate to ascending, slender, usually branched, up to 15 cm. long.


Basal leaves numerous, forming rosettes, 1-3 cm. long and up to 2 mm. broad; cauline leaves opposite, linear, 5-15 mm. long, often with bundles of secondary leaves in the axils.


Flowers solitary in the leaf axils and terminal on the branches; pedicles nearly filiform, 10-35 mm. long; sepals 5, distinct, erect, 3-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, shorter than the sepals; stamens 5; styles 5, alternate with the sepals.


Capsule 1.5-2 times as long as the calyx, 5-valved.

Accepted Name:
Sagina maxima A. Gray
Publication: Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts, n. s. 6: 382. 1858.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. crassicaulis – stick-stemmed pearlwort
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sagina maxima in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sagina maxima checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Sagina maxima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sagina maxima photos.

USDA Plants: Sagina maxima information.

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