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Red Seeded Sandwort
Minuartia rubella
About Red Seeded Sandwort (Minuartia rubella) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Minuartia rubella is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by several common names, including beautiful sandwort, Arctic sandwort, and boreal stitchwort. It has a circumboreal distribution, occurring throughout the northernmost Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle on the Arctic tundra into the alpine climates of mountainous areas in temperate Eurasia and North America. It grows in rocky, moist, often barren habitat, including gravelly, sparsely vegetated slopes with little organic matter. It is a calciphile, growing in calcareous substrates such as soils rich in decomposed limestone. This is a small, mat-forming perennial herb growing in a low, tight clump of hairy, hairy herbage. The green, three-veined leaves are needlelike or flattened, no more than a centimeter long and a millimeter wide. The plant blooms in summer with tiny flowers made up of pointed sepals under 4 millimeters long and five white petals roughly the same length or slightly smaller.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.6 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky ridges and slopes

Annual Precipitation: 17.0" - 103.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.40" - 3.60", Coldest Month: 19.0" - 49.8", Hottest Month: 40.2" - 69.3", Humidity: 1.26" - 20.32", Elevation: 86" - 13320"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Arctic Sandwort, Beautiful Sandwort, Boreal Stitchwort, Red-seeded Sandwort

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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