Sandworts(7)

Many of the members of the Pink family have small, white flowers with 5 petals and 10 stamens. They fall into three groups by common name, the Sandworts (Arenarias, Eremogones, Minuartias & Moehringias), Starworts (Stellarias) and Chickweeds (Cerastiums). So if you don't see your flower here, try one of the other groups.

Arenaria congesta

Ballhead Sandwort
Arenaria congesta (Eremogone congesta)

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA: Snowball Sandwort
Photo taken on: June 26, 2005
Location: Jack's Cabin Cutoff, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to alpine
Habitat: Meadows

Grows to 10" in grass-like tufts. Tiny flowers are in clusters on leafless stems.

Flora of North America reference.

Arenaria fendleri

Fendler's Sandwort
Arenaria fendleri (Eremogone fendleri)

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 29, 2005
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Dry meadows, woodlands, slopes

Similar in appearance to Ballhead Sandwort but small single flowers grow on grass-like stems.

Flora of North America reference.

Arenaria obtusiloba

Alpine Sandwort
Minuartia obtusiloba (Arenaria obtusiloba)

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA: Sandywinks, Twin-flower Stitchwort
Photo taken on: July 28, 2007
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Rocky meadows

Tiny flowers in moss-like mats with needle-like leaves. Petals are blunt compared to Boreal Sandwort below.

Flora of North America reference.

Minuartia rubella

Boreal Sandwort
Minuartia rubella (Arenaria rubella)

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA: Red Sandwort, Beautiful Sandwort, Arctic Sandwort
Photo taken on: July 23, 2005
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Gravelly, unstable areas, scree

Tiny flowers in dense cushions on reclining stems. Petals are pointed compared to Alpine Sandwort.

Flora of North America reference.

Arenaria lanuginosa ssp. saxosa

Spreading Sandwort
Arenaria lanuginosa ssp. saxosa

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA: Sprawling Sandwort
Photo taken on: August 19, 2008
Location: Pajarito Ski Area, NM
Life Zones: Montane to sub alpine
Habitat: Open woods

Has bright white, rounded petals with 10 pink anthers. Grows to 8" in loose mounds sprawling along the ground.

Flora of North America reference.

Moehringia lateriflora

Largeleaf Sandwort
Moehringia macrophylla

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA: Bigleaf Sandwort
Photo taken on: July 06, 2008
Location: Lily Lake Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Shaded slopes, rocky ridges

Tiny flower, growing 2" to 8" with pairs of 1½" long leaves on the stems.

Flora of North America reference.

Moehringia macrophylla

Bluntleaf Sandwort
Moehringia lateriflora (Arenaria lateriflora)

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
AKA: Grove Sandwort
Photo taken on: July 20, 2005
Location: Lake Irwin, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist woods, meadows

Grows in colonies to 12", but is usually 5" and leaning, with more rounded leaves than Largeleaf Sandwort.

Flora of North America reference.

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