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Moss campion is a low, ground-hugging mountain plant found in the high arctic and tundra, and in the higher mountains of Eurasia and North America. It has bright green leaves arising from the base of the plant, and pink flowers borne singly on short stalks. In Iceland it is found on dry, often eroded soils from the coastal regions to the desert sands of the highlands.
Open rocky area on mountainside with some small bushes. At Lónsöræfi, a wilderness area in south-east Iceland
In the past this plant was consumed in Iceland and in Arctic regions. The plant contains saponins which are toxic but are broken down by thorough cooking.