Caryophyllaceae
Moehringia macrophylla

Big-Leaf Sandwort

Single stem to cushion, descending to upright. Stem square or grooved to round, leafy, often branched. Leaves opposite, lance-shaped with pointed tips, 1–2 1/2 in. long, more or less evenly spaced, reducing in size upward. Flowers 2–5 in open cluster on short stalks near stem tops. Flowers small, with 5 sharply pointed sepals, 5 white rounded petals about same size as sepals. Grows in moist, shaded to dry forests and open rocky slopes, including serpentine, at low to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--8 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Wallowas, West Gorge, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes