Spring Wildflowers

Appendaged waterleaf, great waterleaf (Hydrophyllum appendiculatum)

Member of the Waterleaf (Hydrophyllaceae) family.  Found in rich woods during May - June.  Flowers are lavender-blue, stem and leaves hairy, grows 1 - 2 feet  tall.  It is a common biennial that often covers large areas and produces dense clusters of one-half inch, bell-shaped blossoms displayed well above the foliage.  Light colored stamens extend beyond the corolla and give the bloom head a frothy look when viewed at close range.  Lower leaves are pinnately divided.

To learn more about Appendaged, or great waterleaf, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database


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