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Virginia Waterleaf


Scientific Name     

Hydrophyllum virginianum  L.

Family Name

Hydrophyllaceae  (Waterleaf family) 

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist, wet woods or open wet places

Plant Height:  

30-80 cm tall, erect stem; well developed rhizome 

Flower Color:  

white to lilac

Flower:  

complete; perfect; deeply 5-lobed petals; 5 long sepals, tapering to point with long hairs; 5 stamens adnate at base of corolla tube with hairy filaments extending beyond petals; stamens and style long 

Inflorescence:  

compact cymes lacking well developed main axis; dense at anthesis

Fruit:  

2-valved capsule

Leaves:  

alternate; petiolate; pinnately compound; glabrous or nearly so 

Bloom Time:  

April-June

Origins:  

native

Other:  

see other Hydrophyllum especially H. macrophyllum; Native Americans used a root tea as an astringent for diarrhea and dysentery; the raw roots were chewed to treat mouth sores