Saxifragaceae
Lithophragma parviflorum

Prairie Star

Tuft with upright, sticky, hairy, purplish stems. Leaves in basal cluster deeply divided into 3–5 leaflets, divided again and sharp-toothed, with 2–3 smaller leaves alternate on stem, no bulblets. Flowers 5–11 in raceme that lengthens as flowers open, 5 pink or white petals each divided into 3 lobes at tips. Grows in grasslands, sagebrush plains, dry open areas, at low to high elevations. Var. parviflorum with pink flowers is fragrant. This species has larger flowers than L. glabrum, bulbiferous woodland star, even though the name means "small-flowered."

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--12 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: East Gorge, Siskiyous, West Gorge, Columbia Basin, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP, Wallowas, Steens
  • Native: Yes