Hydrophyllum virginianum

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Hydrophyllum virginianum
Hydrophyllum virginianum.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Hydrophyllum
H. virginianum
Binomial name
Hydrophyllum virginianum

The Virginia waterleaf or eastern waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum, often misspelled as virginicum) is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Eastern North America. The plant sometimes spreads by rhizomes[1] to form large colonies in wooded areas. It can also spread by seeds. The seedling usually appear early to mid-spring. Flowers are blue, white, or purple, appearing in mid to late spring. Flowers exposed to sunlight bleach rapidly. Often the newer leaves are solid green with white spots appearing as they age and later disappearing in early summer. It prefers shade.

Ripening seed pods in early June in Iowa


  1. ^ John Hilty (2004). "Woodland Wildflowers of Illinois".

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