Mystery plant 032

This plant grows throughout the eastern and central portions of North America.  Its preferred habitat is moist, rich woods.  When you can identify it, please share both its common and scientific names in a comment below.  Also, share any personal story you have about this plant.


New leaves which appear in the fall season


Group of plants during winter season


Under side of leaf


Group of plants during late winter


Flowering stalk during late spring / early summer season


Close view of flowers


Developing seed pods in late summer season


Dried seed pods visible during winter and early spring seasons


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Adam-and-Eve (Aplectrum hyemale)

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4 Responses to Mystery plant 032

  1. Lorelei Connors says:

    yellow clintonia?

  2. Gerry says:

    Puttyroot / Adam and Eve. Aplectrum hyemale. Nice pictures.

    • Angelyn says:

      Yes, Gerry! This is Adam-and-Eve, or Puttyroot, with the scientific name of Aplectrum hyemale. It’s one of two plants I know of (I’m sure there are more) which leaf out in the winter season and then the leaf dies back before creating the lovely flowers in late spring or early summer. I’d seen the leaves during winter woods walks for years and never learned about this curious growing pattern until I began to really watch and study the plants growing near me all year round.

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos.

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