What flower is that?

Violat Wood Sorrel blossom Violet Wood Soorel Flower stalkViolet Wood Sorrel plant
Photo credits: © Francis R. Underwood 2016

The lead-off mystery plant for the New Year of 2017 is one of our most beautiful and also one of our rarest plants. It is listed as “State Endangered” in Rhode Island.

This mystery plant is a small perennial with divided basal leaves and a separate flowering stem (peduncle). The peduncle far surpasses the basal leaves and holds multiple flowers. The flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals. The color of the petals is described variously as violet, purplish-violet, rose-purple, rose-violet or magenta.

Search for this plant in open woods and sometimes along streams in moist soil of woods. It blooms from early May to late June.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Oxalis violacea
Common Name:
  Violet Wood Sorrel
Family:
  Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel Family)
Habitat:
  Open woods or sometimes along mossy streamsides

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