Irish wildflowers

Grass of Parnassus, Parnassia palustris, Fionnscoth
Photo: Dean Gartley, Co.Donegal

Grass of Parnassus
Parnassia palustris
Family: Parnassaceae

Flowering July-September. Perennial. Native.

Solitary white flowers with transluscent veins. Five stamens alternating with branched, broad-based staminoides. Long-stalked basal leaves, heart-shaped. Single leaf near centre of stem, clasping. Short rhizome. Height 15-40cm.

Grows in base-rich flushes, damp grassland, fens, marshes. Mainly found in West and central Ireland.

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