Arenaria stricta Michx.

Arenaria stricta plant

Family - Caryophyllaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Arenaria stricta stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Arenaria stricta calyxCalyx.

Arenaria stricta flowerFlower close-up.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Bluffs, ledges, rocky glades. On limestone.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This is a characteristic limestone bluff species. It grows in some of the most inaccessible locations of any plant in the state. The plant has a long tough root that enables in to grow in cracks and holes in limestone.
A. stricta is definitely the most showy species of the genus in Missouri and is a plant worthy of cultivation. It may be difficult to grow, however, given its chosen habitat in the wild.
This is an easy species to ID in the field because of its linear leaves, big white flowers, and habitat.

Photographs taken near Jam Up Cave, Shannon County, MO., 6-22-03.