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Pyrola americana

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Pyrola americana can have quite attractive foliage (half-eaten here).

There are three new shoots coming up (circled). I am ashamed to admit that I have been consistently pulling out seedlings of this from my maintained moss backyard, together with Chimaphila maculata plants.. Now, after reading on this forum, and elsewhere, how difficult it is to propagate them, I think I will let them grow freely wherever they appear. This particular one survived because it is in an area of the yard I do not weed.

I would be very pleased if any volunteer Pyrola or Chimaphila seedling popped up in my garden! No native Pyrola species have that decorative foliage anyway. This is P. rotundifolia.

I read that Pyrola rotundifolia and P. americana were considered the same species. The one we have used to be called P. rotundifolia var. americana. And there are many plants in the area that have leaves that look exactly like the one in your picture. I donít know if it is habitat that makes them look ďveinyĒ, or the mycorrhizal associations. I tend to believe itís the latter. I also believe the same is true for the color of Monotropa uniflora, (see the first set of pictures in my post on that species in this forum). I have not been able to find any information about the reason for the different colors in either species..
Your picture is wonderful, I will take some of the one in our yard in bloom next summer.

I have never seen any Pyrola with "veined" foliage here. I think it is genetic. The same with the color of Monotropa.


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