Virginia Waterleaf, Hydrophyllum virginianum
Hydrophyllaceae or Waterleaf Family


Erect plant, to 2 feet tall. Leaves with 5 to 7 lobes, lobes coarsely toothed and sometimes lobed themselves. Flowers whitish to lavender in small clump, bell-shaped, with protruding stamens. Leaves often with faint white blotches resembing water stains, hence the common and scientific names.

Elegant native of rich woods. Common, especially on the western slope.

The clumps of pale flowers, made lacey-looking by the stamens are distinctive. The blotches on the leaves, when present, are also good identifiers, especially before the flowers form.