Saxifragaceae
Mitella trifida

Three-Toothed Mitrewort

Tuft of leaves, erect stems. Leaves nearly round, lobed, round-toothed, slightly hairy on both sides. Leafless stems to 20 in. hold tiny flowers on one side, opening from bottom to top. Flowers whitish, may be tinted purple, narrow petals divided into 3 slender segments. Grows in bogs, wet places in shady woodlands, at high elevations. One-sided flower arrangement in this species is stronger than the otherwise similar M. trifida.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--15 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Wallowas, Crater Lake NP, N Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP, West Gorge, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes