Jul. 5, 2021

pink pyrola, Pyrola asarifolia

Pink pyrola is the earliest of our Michigan pyrolas. They were fully in bloom for the Botany Club when we went north. Other species were hardly showing their buds. They're not very big, with flowers less than a half inch across. But they often show off in bunches, and can be very attractive. The flower stems can be nearly a foot tall. Pink pyrola was used by the Cree, Dakelh, Micmac, Montagnais, Penobscot, and Shoshoni peoples to treat a variety of ailments. The Karok used it in a steam bath to help "goofy children". Another species of Pyrola has been shown to have genuine analgesic properties, and pink pyrola might also. Pink pyrola or wintergreen is a plant of open woods and edges in AK, CA, CO, IA, ID, IN(E), MA(E), ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, and all Canadian provinces. Mackinac Co MI, 6/19/21. Heath family, Ericaceae.