Fen Grass-of-Parnassus

Botanical Name: Parnassia glauca

Height: About 20 cm.

Season of bloom: Late summer.

Growing Conditions: Sun. Lean, constantly moist limey soil.

Wildlife benefits: The flowers are visited by a variety of insects. One of the flower-visiting bees, Andrena parnassiae, is a specialist pollinator (oligolege) of Grass-of-Parnassus.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. Original seed collected on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

Remarks: A gem for the fen garden. Worth creating a fen garden to grow!

Similar species: See also Sticky False Asphodel for a good companion plant.

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