Caryophyllaceae
Minuartia tenella

Slender Sandwort

Stems slender, erect, with few branches above, glandular. Leaves lance-shaped to oval to 1/2 in. long; upper leaves smaller. Flowers at tips of branches; 5 sepals lance-shaped, with pointed tips, each containing 3 noticeable veins; 5 oblong petals same length or longer than sepals. Grows in dry soils, open grassy areas, coastal bluffs.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Perennial
  • Height: 4--12 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Meadow
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  • Native: Yes