Dryas octopetala
Mountain Dryad
A Colorado Native Alpine Species
Rosaceae or Rose Family
1 inch tall - white
Full sun
Constantly moist soil
Late Spring
PRopagate by seed, cutting or division
Photo by Jane Hendrix

Mountain Dryad can be found on cool, wet, north-facing slopes of alpine tundra in association with Arctic Willow. Its small, rugose, leathery leaves make a decorative foil for its pure white flowers. When the flowers fade and go to seed, the hillsides are covered with tails of white tufts of seed heads. Give Mountain Dryad a cool aspect with unobstructed, overhead light and moist, humus-rich soil.