Mystery plant 047

This woodland plant can be found in mostly southern and eastern states within the U.S.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with the common name, scientific name and any personal story or connection you have with the plant.

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Leaves in late winter / early spring

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Mature plant

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Buds and flowers in inflorescence

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Flowers with protruding stamens

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Flower sepals and hairy stem

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Flower ovaries (left) and open flowers (right)

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Fernleaf phacelia (Phalecia bipinnatifida)

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3 Responses to Mystery plant 047

  1. Evan says:

    fernleaf/cutleaf/divided-leaf/purple/forest phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida)

  2. Pamela S Wagner says:

    Purple Waterleaf (hydrophyllaceae) Waterleaf family
    Phacelia bipinnatifida

  3. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Fernleaf phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida). As Evan noted above, it has quite a few common names. And as Pamela remarked, it is a member of the Waterleaf family. It took a couple years for me to recognize the plant during the winter season — when its leaves look so different from how they develop during the spring months. I enjoy the beautiful long-lasting purple flowers when they finally arrive after a long winter.

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