On July 28th, 1806, William Clark, co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, collected this curious plant while exploring Montana's Yellowstone River. Plant hunter and botanist Frederick Pursh called it a "very handsome species" in his Flora Americae Septentrionalis (1813), which described many plants collected by Lewis and Clark. Snow-on-the-Mountain is distinguished by white-edged and veined upper leaves, is now popular in cutting gardens. Snow on the mountain tolerates deer, drought, and poor soils. Recorded and/or collected by Lewis and Clark on their expedition.
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Typical Blooming Dates: June–October
Blossom color(s): White, Green
Plant type: Hardy Annual
Location at Monticello: West Lawn Winding Walk
Conditions: Full Sun