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Sabulina rubella
boreal stitchwort

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains, east across Canada to the northeastern North America.

Habitat: Subalpine to alpine meadows, ridges and talus slopes

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Perennial

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
Publication: Taxon 63(1): 87. 2014.

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.

OregonFlora: Sabulina rubella information.

E-Flora BC: Sabulina rubella atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sabulina rubella photos.

USDA Plants: Sabulina rubella information.

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