Mystery plant 039

This woodland plant can be found throughout eastern and portions of central North America.  When you can identify it, please leave the common name and scientific name in a comment below.  And share any personal story you may have about this plant.


New spring leaves surrounded by older leaves from previous year’s growth


Young plant with flower stalk rising along left side


Flower stalk with developing inflorescence


Upper portion of blooming inflorescence




Basal leaves


Inflorescence with developing seed capsules


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Alumroot (Heuchera americana)

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4 Responses to Mystery plant 039

  1. Kathy Brown says:

    This looks like Alum Root, Huechera parviflora that I see near where I live in Colorado. It is in the Saxifragaceae family.

  2. Heuchera americana. Alum-root. I just learned this one this spring from a friend who is taking the Master Gardener course. She knows the garden variety, in the various colors, and happened to point it out to me on one of our daily walks. Saxifrage family.

  3. Angelyn says:

    Kathy and Pamela. . . yes, this is Alumroot. Pamela actually got the species name correct as this is Heuchera americana — in the Saxifrage family (Saxifragaceae). I think the leaves are so distinctive and beautiful, while the flowers are unremarkable.

  4. margie says:

    Coral Bell is the garden variety…we planted red and green leaf plants…very pretty

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