Virginia waterleaf is a common plant of moist deciduous forest. Its large leaves are deeply toothed and are spotted in late spring and early summer by what appear to by whitish “watermarks,” which fade as summer progresses. By mid-summer, the plant dies back to the ground and is no longer apparent. The lovely white to pale lavender flowers are small, bell-shaped blossoms borne in clusters with stamens and pistils protruding well out of the flower.
The plant is an aggressive spreader and is a common species throughout the park, including in both upland and floodplain forests.
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Last updated: March 7, 2018