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What plant is that?

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December 2021 Mystery Plant

December 2021 Mystery Plant--flower cluster

December 2021 Mystery Plant-- single plant

December 2021 Mystery Plant--close up of flower

Top three photos:
© Francis R. Underwood 2021
Bottom photo: kbarton

The mystery plant for December 2021
is a perennial with evergreen leaves.
This plant and its inflorescence
is about 5-10" tall.
Two opposite leaves
grow at the base of the plant
while a whorl of three or more
larger leaves are found n
ear the base of the inflorescence.
The leaves are 1-2" long and
more or less leathery and glabrous
in texture.
The margins of the leaves
have dentate teeth and
are dark green striped
with white along the midvein
and the primary lateral veins.
The surface of the lower leaves
is a lighter green in color.

The stem ends in an inflorescence
with an umbel of 2-6 flowers.
Each flower is 1/2 to 3/4 inch across
and has 5 white petals,
5 green sepals and 10 stamens
which are pink in color. 
The flowers are very fragrant
and are bumble bee pollinated.
The foliage is toxic to sheep
and avoided by deer.  
Gil George says the plants
bloom from July 6 to August 1.
Gleason and Cronquist
describe this plant as a
low perennial evergreen half-shrub
growing from a creeping rhizome.
It requires a well-drained
and sandy soil.

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what this mystery plant is.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Lily Collyer
Elizabeth E. Dickson
Erin Foley
Brian Maynard
Alan Newton
Nolan O'Donnell
Diane Stacy