What plant is that?

Water Pimpernel  Water Pimpernel Blossom
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2012

This plant is a perennial with alternate, entire leaves which are egg shaped and about 1 to 3 inches long. It also has a tuft of basal leaves.  The flowering stem bears a raceme of small, white flowers with five petals and five sepals.  The fruit is a globose capsule.  The plant is found in wet places such as brackish shores and stands from five to twenty-four inches tall.  It blooms from May to July. It is rather uncommon in Rhode Island but is not listed on the RI Rare Plant list.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Samolus valerandi ssp. parviflorus
Common Name:
  Water Pimpernel, Brookweed
Family:
  Theophrastaceae (Brookweed Family
Habitat:
  Brackish shores

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