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Orthilia secunda (L.) House
Sidebells wintergreen, One-sided Wintergreen
Synonyms: Pyrola secunda
USDA Symbol: orse
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Low patches of shiny, bright green leaves below racemes of 6-20 whitish-green or white flowers all turned to one side.
This species is also found south to Central America and in Eurasia. It is the only species in the genus Orthilia; it was once included in Pyrola, a larger genus of species that inhabit damp woods. Both common names refer to the straight, one-sided flower cluster. Leaves remain green throughout the winter, hence the common name wintergreen.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Alaska south and east to Labrador, and south to southern California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Nebraska; also in eastern United States and northern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Moist coniferous woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
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Record Modified: 2011-01-27
Research By: TWC Staff