~ MOUNTAIN AVEN in ALASKA ~


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General Plant Information



  Common Name:
  Scientific Name:
  Mountain Aven
  Dryas octopetala
  Family:
  Genus:
  Rosaceae
  Dryas
  Habitat:
  Sun Exposure:
  Mountainous Areas
  Direct Sun
  Overall Height:
  Flower Size:
  2 to 4 inches
  1 inch
  Flower Color:



Dryas octopetala, commonly known as Mountain Aven, can be found in mountainous areas. These white flowers grow in patches, and as the name suggests, the flowers have 8 petals.

With small leaves to conserve water, and a short stem to withstand the wind, the Mountain Aven is well adapted to the habitat it thrives in. The picture above illustrates the typical environment where Mountain Avens grow.





Mountain Aven Patch









Mountain Avens blossom in Summer. At night, the petals close to protect the center of the flower. Seed heads begin to form in late Summer (left), then eventually release seeds in the Fall (bottom right).




Mountain Aven Seed Head
Mountain Aven Seeds





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