Etymology: Parnassia: named for Mt. Parnassus of Greece, of uncertain application
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-16" tall forb
Leaves: basal leaves with oval-rounded blade and rounded to heart-shaped base; the clasping stem leaf as large as the basal leaves
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, petals 1/2 to 2 times longer than the triangular sepals; solitary; blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: wet; shores, meadows; in limy soil
Conservation Status: Threatened