Pink Pyrola

Pyrola Asarifolia

Family Shinleaf (Pyrolaceae)
Bloom Summer
Habitat Moist forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 6-15″
Flower Single red-stemmed spike cluster 3-6″ long with up to 20 small pink flowers. Each flower is 1/4″ to 1/2″ wide and have 5 round petals that hang down as bell-shaped flowers.
Leaf Leaves are round, dark green 2-3″ long.
Notes  There are 5 species of pyrola in Michigan. This one has pink flowers. The rest have white. There are no leaves on the flower stalk. All pyrola species contain an aspirin-like substance. The leaves were historically made into leaf plaster to treat wounds and reduce pain.

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