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).
Native plants to stop pond bank erosion
June 04, 2008
I recently purchased a home with a small pond in which a nearby stream daylights. The former owner placed large field stone around the pond and the small stream; however, the area around the pond and...
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