White mountain avens is a short evergreen shrub, up to 15 centimetres tall that likes the sun. It has small shiny leaves with wavy and toothed edges that are furry underneath. The flowers are white with eight petals and a yellow centre.
RANGE & HABITAT
In B.C. it is only found near the Yukon border, but is also found throughout the Arctic and tundra from Alaska to Labrador and around the Northern hemisphere. Mountain avens like rocky sites, especially limestone rocks and spots where other plants can’t grow.
The white flowers turn into fuzzy seed heads, but they spread mostly by their roots.
Not many animals graze on this plant, but a deer or sheep might take a bite.
TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES
The flowers and seeds heads can make a bright green dye.
Gardeners grow it for rock gardens.
COSEWIC: Not at Risk
Photo: Kari Pihlaviita