Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Among Rhode Island Wildflowers

If you need to contact us, email us at

What plant is that?

Click on photo below
to view larger image.

December 2019 Mystery Plant

December 2019 Mystery Plant close-up with pollinator

December 2019 Mystery Plant flowers and seed capsules

Top two photos: © Francis R. Underwood 2019
Bottom photo: ©David G. Smith,

The mystery plant for December
is an annual with white flowers
and whorled leaves. 
The leaves are 10-15 mm long
and 2-5mm wide. The leaves form mats
that lie flat on the ground. 
The white flowers are on pedicels
5-10 mm long.
Several flowers are produced
from each leaf axil.
The anthers are long and yellow in color.
The seeds are formed
inside a brown capsule
which is 2-3mm long and
contains many seeds.
This plant is not particular
as to where it grows. 
It can be found in cracks of sidewalks,
drawn-down river edges and dunes. 
It blooms from June through October.

Stop back next month to find out
what this mystery plant is.

Click here
for last month's mystery plant.

Mystery Plants from
past months, click, here

E-mail your guess to us and,
if you're right, we'll list
your name below.

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

Ryan Ball
Brooke Dodge
Lydia Genard
Tyler Gilbert
Taylor Kurker
Soleil Kurowski
Nadia Moss
Krista Noe
Ally Nyren
Caroline Oatley
Kevin Rodriguez
Jessica Ruggieri
Allison Stift
Garth Taylor
Kyle Vieira