Riparian, Bog/Fen, Salt Water Shorelines, Alvar, Alpine, Rocky Bluff, Lakeshores, Tundra
May - Aug
This species may be found at altitudes from sealevel to 4,000 metres. (Flora of North America)
In the Arctic, this plant will also grow in moss or peat environments.
It has a tendency to become a subshrub cushiony plant as the branches become woody over the years.
The leaves are leathery and succulent.
This species is usually indicative of harsh environments where there is little competition from other species.
The Inuit name is ""aupilattunnguat"". Etymologically it means 'resembling something red'. The flowers which have a pleasant taste, are often eaten in large quantities when they appear early in the growing season. TOO many of the flowers when eaten at once can induce diarrhoea. The flowers are good eaten with blubber (Oootoova.et al 2001). The leaves can be used as tea.
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