Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

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Silene acaulis
Moss Campion
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

A beautiful little mountain-dwelling wildflower, growing to a height of 2.5 - 7.5 cm, forming dense tussocks.

Moss Campion Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 8 - 13 mm long, crowded, small, overlapping, linear. Flowers: solitary, pink to violet, >1.3 cm wide; 5 petals, entire to slightly notched.


World Arctic regions; south through the Rocky Mountains; local in the east, New Hampshire; alpine areas, barrens, and cliffs; often forms extensive moss-like carpets.


The Moss Campion's cushion shape protects it from drying alpine winds.

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