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Parnassia palustris

Grass of Parnassus

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.45m
  • Spread0.1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourWhite, grey-green veins
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Parnassia palustris (Grass of Parnassus). This species will grow about 20cm in height. It will produce long-stemmed leaves and white flowers with green veining appearing from spring to early summer. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Upright, straight. ROOT: Short, upright stock. HAIRS: Hairless STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Longer than blade, absent on stem-leaf. BRACTS: Absent FLOWER STALK: Much longer than flower. SEPALS: 5, spear-shaped. PETALS: 5, equal, oval, tip notched. STAMENS: 5, with 5 modified, fringed with sticky drops. STIGMA: 4, not stalked. OVARY: 1, 1-celled except at base. SEEDS: Many, oblong.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Britain, Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, medicinal, fragrance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Plant in moist, well-drained soil in sun or part-shade and do not allow to become dry in summer. Some species are very difficult to cultivate and will only grow well in naturally damp, grassy meadows or damp, peat soil. All species are very hardy. Propagate by seed or by division of established clumps.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in autumn, or by division of established clumps.

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