I’m in the rose family. Common Name: Partridge-foot

I’m in the rose family. Common Name: Partridge-foot
  • Binomial Name: Luetkea pectinata
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Sunlight: Shade/Part Shade
  • Plant Type: Evergreen, mat forming
  • Foliage: Wedge-shaped, three sets of linear leaflets
  • Flower: White

Decorating alpine and subalpine slopes from the Yukon to northern California, partridge-foot boasts attractive white flowers over a stout, creeping mat of evergreen leaves. Being the only member of its genus, this Northwest native was originally classified in the saxifrage family before being rightfully placed in the rose family.

Technically too short for a shrub and too woody to be considered an herb, botanists refer to partridge-foot as a low growing sub or semi-shrub.

Visit the pumice plains north of Mount Saint Helens in the early summer or the high ridgelines in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in mid to late summer to catch a glimpse of this charming little wildflower in action.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.