Grass of Parnassus

Grass of Parnassus

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Grass of Parnassus is lovely, and with a closer look at it, stunning with distinct features. It comprises a single white flower with 5 delicate heart-shaped petals striped with vertical translucent grey lines.

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Grass of Parnassus

What is Grass of Parnassus? Unlike what its name might suggest, it is not a grass of any kind.

It is a flower in every sense of the word. Although this perennial species is mostly seen in marshes, moist grassy places, and mountains in Great Britain and Ireland, its name originates from ancient Greece. It's said the cattle on Mount Parnassus in Greece developed quite a taste for it. Hence, it's suggested by many that the word grass became part of the original name. The flower is so abundant in Cumberland county, Great Britain, that it is on their flag. The flower is also located in many parts of North America in July and August.
Grass of Parnassus is lovely, and with a closer look at it, stunning with distinct features. It comprises a single white flower with five delicate heart-shaped petals striped with vertical translucent grey lines. It likewise has five green sepals, five stamens sepals or pistols arising from the center where the four-lobed stigma lies. Five groups of yellow anthers sit atop the stamens. The stigma opens up to receive pollen only when all the stamens are empty. An oval four-valved capsule in the center has many tiny seeds that spread by wind and water. Its stem measures anywhere from 15-30 cm tall. The concave flower petals measure 8 to 13 millimeters. The flower is hermaphrodite, which means it has both male and female reproductive parts, meaning it can self-fertilize if no pollinators are nearby. Its smell is faint, but reminiscent of honey. Although the plant was thought to be edible for its medicinal qualities in times past, it's no longer considered an edible plant, so no part of the flower or plant should be eaten. The essential oil of the flower is supposed to evoke feelings of openness and love.

These plants are perennials, so they come back year after year. The flowers on these plants are very delicate looking when in bloom.

Climate Zone: 8 – 11
Mature Height: 2 to 3 feet
Sunlight: full sun
Blooming Season: October and November
Soil Conditions: moist and saturated soils
Botanical Name: Parnassia Grandifolia
Grass of Parnassus Ships As: Bareroot Plant