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Diminutive Woodland Plant

comments (3) September 4th, 2013 in gallery
southernnewbie southernnewbie, member
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I'm back again with another unsolved plant mystery. These little plants grow in my front "yard" under a dogwood tree that is, in turn, under a larger canopy of huge Carolina pines. As you can see, they have variegated, serrated leaves and the little "berry" pictured opens to reveal a tiny white bell-like flower that has no fragrance. They look to me like a native woodland wildflower so I've left them and they are flourishing.  Does anyone know what these are and if I should keep them around?



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tntreeman writes: glad i could help. those plants are tough but NOT very fast or aggressive. Posted: 2:42 pm on September 4th
southernnewbie writes: tntreeman, you are good! I just searched under Chimaphila maculata and that's definitely it. I will certainly leave them alone now - always nice to have healing plants around. An added benefit is that they are pretty cute! Posted: 2:36 pm on September 4th
tntreeman writes: i'm pretty sure it's Pippsissewa, Winter green, Chimaphila ,,,, probably maculata but could be umbellata. native, medicinal herb. my g'mom used to have us gather it and she would make a tea for bladder ailments. she called it rat's vein Posted: 2:05 pm on September 4th
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