Jun. 5, 2019

Virginia waterleaf, Hydrophyllum virginianum

Virginia waterleaf flowers would be more ordinary were it not for those frilly hairs on the filaments. Remember the Doctrine of Signatures? God marked plants with clues to what they were good for? Could this cure baldness? Sadly no. But the younger leaves are marked with light spots like water stain. So it must be good for flux! Runny nose, problems at the other end? Concoct some waterleaf! At least it won't hurt anything. This species is mostly in shade in AL, AR, CT(S), DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY(S), MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH(T), NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN(S), VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/16/12.