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Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea

The lingonberry (or lowbush cranberry) is a small white or pink-flowering subshrub with berries that are very nutritious and are frequently made...

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Milky draba – Draba lactea
Milky draba – Draba lactea

Milky draba (Draba lactea) is a small white-flowering perennial herb with four small petals. It grows mostly in near-polar regions in rocky...

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Fries’ Pussytoes – Antennaria friesiana
Fries’ Pussytoes – Antennaria friesiana

Fries' pussytoes is a white flowering plant found resembling a cat's paw in high latitudes in North America, Greenland, and Siberia.

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Pincushion plant (Diapensia lapponica)
Pincushion plant – diapensia lapponica

Diapensia lapponica, officially named the pincushion plant (although possibly more commonly called Lapland diapensia) is a small, white-flowering, cushion forming perennial subshrub,...


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Prickly Saxifrage – Saxifraga tricuspidata
Prickly Saxifrage – Saxifraga tricuspidata

Prickly saxifrage is a loosely mat-forming perennial herb with small white flowers that have yellow spots on the petals. It grows in...

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White Arctic Mountain Heather
White Arctic Mountain Heather – Cassiope tetragona

White arctic mountain heather is a mat-forming perennial sub-shrub. The flowers are small, white, and bell-shaped. It typically grows in alpine ridges...


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Alaska boykinia flower in the Alaska Range
Alaska boykinia – Boykinia richardsonii

Alaska boykinia (Boykinia richardsonii), also known as Richardson's brookfoam is a showy, white flowering plant with large basal leaves, often found in...

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sweetflower rockjasmine flowers in Denali National Park
Sweetflower rockjasmine – Androsace chamaejasme

Lehmann's rockjasmine, more commonly known as sweetflower rockjasmine, is a small, white or pink flowering plant with fused petals and a white...

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Cloudberry flowers in Alaska
Cloudberry – Rubus chameamorus

The fruit from the cloudberry plant has numerous uses as a food. It has a circumboreal distribution across Canada, Alaska, and Eurasia....

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Grass of Parnassus – Parnassia palustris
Grass of Parnassus – Parnassia palustris

Grass of Parnassus is a white-flowering, single stem plant often growing in marshy or boggy areas (often called bog star). It has...

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Water arum – Calla palustris
Water arum – Calla palustris

The water arum, or wild calla, is semi-aquatic plant typically with a large white bract and large leaves. It is mostly poisonous...

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Largeflowered Wintergreen
Largeflowered Wintergreen – Pyrola grandiflora

The largeflowered wintergreen (Pyrola grandiflora) is an evergreen perennial with circumboreal distribution. It has a long stem with a raceme of 4-12...

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Arctic sweet coltsfoot – Petasites frigidus
Arctic sweet coltsfoot – Petasites frigidus

Arctic sweet coltsfoot is a white-flowering plant with many flowering heads. It is found in northern latitudes in North America, Europe, and...

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Mountain death camas – Anticlea elegans
Mountain death camas – Anticlea elegans

Mountain death camas is a lily-like white flowering plant in moist grasslands. The whole plant is very toxic to humans and livestock.

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Arctic Daisy – Chrysanthemum arcticum
Arctic Daisy – Chrysanthemum arcticum

The arctic daisy (Chrysanthemum arcticum) is a 10-45 cm (4-18 in) tall perennial herb with white ray florets and yellow disk florets.

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Common yarrow flower in Fairbanks, Alaska
Common Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Common yarrow is a tall, weedy plant with a dense cluster of small, white flowers at the head. It may have antioxidant...

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dwarf dogwood flowering plant in Fairbanks, Alaska
Dwarf Dogwood – Cornus canadensis

Dwarf dogwood is a flowering subshrub with 4 white or cream-colored bracts instead of petals and a small white or purple inflorescence....

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Capitate valerian wildflower in bloom, also known as sharpleaf valerian or Valeriana capitata
Capitate valerian – Valeriana capitata

The flowering head of Capitate valerian is typically 2-3 cm wide. The budding inflorescence is purple, and the flowers on the blooming...

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Spring beauty flower in Alaska
Spring Beauty – Claytonia sarmentosa

Spring Beauty is a small plant with delicate magenta or white, 5-petaled flowers 15-20 mm in diameter. It is edible cooked or...

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Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala
Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala

Mountain avens are an 8-petaled white flower frequently found in alpine environments distributed across the arctic and northwestern United States and Canada.

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Arctic sandwort - Minuartia arctica
Arctic Sandwort – Minuartia arctica

Arctic sandwort is a mat-forming plant with small, white, 5-petaled flowers. It grows in rocky or gravelly alpine environments and is native...

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Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum
Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum

Rhododendron tomentosum is a low to medium-sized evergreen shrub. Each plant has several white-flowered inflorescences. Precautions should be taken if using as...

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narcissus-flowered anemone on Ester Dome in Fairbanks, Alaska
Narcissus anemone – Anemone narcissiflora

The narcissus anemone typically has 4-10 white sepals and somewhat hairy, basal leaves. It grows up to 60 cm (23 inches) tall...

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Alaska Cotton – Eriophorum
Cottongrass – Alaska Cotton – Eriophorum

Most species of Alaska cotton are between 30-60 cm (12-24 in) tall with a drooping head of cotton that is whitish in...

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