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Pyrola asarifolia (Liverleaf wintergreen)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Pyrola asarifolia

Pyrola asarifolia Michx.

Liverleaf wintergreen, Pink pyrola, Pink shinleaf, Pink wintergreen

Pyrolaceae (Wintergreen Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: pyas

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A basal rosette of thick, roundish leaves, with petioles at least as long as the blade, subtends an 8-16 in., leafless flowering stalk. A little woodland plant with shiny, leathery leaves near base and 5-25 pink to reddish-pink flowers hanging in racemes at top. Leaves are leathery, glossy, dark green above and purplish beneath, with wavy edges. The pink, waxy flowers, 1/2 in. broad, hang downward and occur in loose racemes.

Pyrola species are common woodland wildflowers. Sometimes they are leafless, in which case they are saprophytes, absorbing their nutrients from the rich soil humus. All such, regardless of their biological species, were once classified as Leafless Pyrola (P. aphylla), but leafless phases with pink flowers are probably Bog Wintergreen (P. asarifolia).

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AK , CA , CO , IA , ID , IN , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NH , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Nf. to AK, s. to n. New England, c. & w. NY, n. IN, WI, ND, NM mts. & CA
Native Habitat: Damp, open, mossy forests & stream banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich, calcareous soil.

Propagation

Description: Dust-like seed is difficult to germinate but may produce plants if sown on sphagnum moss.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Pyrola asarifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pyrola asarifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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