Hydrophyllum virginianum L. - Virginia Waterleaf


 

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Hydrophyllum virginianum - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Hydrophyllaceae

Habitat

Woodlands.

Associates

Various. In disturbed woods found with Cryptotaenia candensis, Geum canadense, Osmorhiza claytonii, Ranunculus abortivus, Sanicula gregaria

Distribution

The Dakotas east, south to OK, east to NC.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial. Leaves alternate, mostly pinnately compound or lobed, divided into 5-7 lobes or leaflets. Inflorescence a coiled cyme; flowers white to lavender, petals 5; stamens exserted

Notes

Flowers early May to mid June

Wetland indicator: Facultative, facultative wetland

The mottled leaves are very attractive, particularly in spring when they are tinged with purple.

Bibliography

Peterson, R. T. and M. McKenney. 1996. A Field Guide to Wildflowers:
Northeastern and North-Central North America.
Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, MA

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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