Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Riveredge Nature Center, WI.

Grass of Parnassus

Scientific name
Parnassia glauca
Also Known As
Fen grass of Parnassus
Plant Family
Plant Group
A wildflower found in fens swamps, and other wet places. Flowers have five white petals with green venation. Blooms around July to October.
Identification Hints

This plant can be seen growing low to the ground in fens, swamps, wet meadows, open seepage areas, and moist woods in the upper midwest and northeastern United States. The Flower stalks can grow to 8 inches in height. The leaves are about 4 inches in height. The flower has five white petals with light green venation and can be about 1 inch in diameter. The flowers bloom between July and October.

Did You Know?

The name comes from ancient Greece when the cattle on Mount Parnassus ate the plant; hence it was an "honorary grass". The leaves of Grass of Parnassus do not look grass-like at all. They are cordate (or heart-shaped), green, and somewhat thick.

States
CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, VT, WI