Shrub Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

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Cassiope mentensiana
White Mountain Heather
Ericaceae (Heath Family)

White Mountain Heather A small, matted plant growing to a height of 5 - 30 cm.


Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 3 - 6 mm long, very narrow, angled upward, opposite and arranged in 4 rows that hide stem. Flowers: small, white, bell-like; hang from the tips of slender stalks; corolla 6 mm long, with five bluntly pointed lobes; Fruit: four- or five-chambered capsule that opens along back of each chamber.


Native to Alaska and Canada south to California and Montana; on open slopes near and above the timberline.

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