Micranthes virginiensis is a perennial herb from a thick rhizome, flowering stems to 40 cm tall, glandular-hairy.
Leaves in a basal rosette, egg-shaped to 5 cm long, tip blunt, base narrowed to leaf stalk, often purple below, margin toothed to entire.
Flowers white, regular, 5-parted, petals to 0.6 cm long, spatula-shaped, along branches of upper stem; blooming April-May (Hough 1983).
Fruit dry capsules, to 0.5 cm long, 2-parted; fruiting May- June (Hough 1983).
Wetland status: FAC.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: On wet to dry rocks.