Mystery plant 078

This native woodland plant grows in the eastern region of North America — and a bit into the midwestern region.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with its common and scientific names.  Also, please share any personal connection you may have with the plant.


Plant in spring season


Flower buds


Plant in bloom




Seed capsules


Group of plants during winter season


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)

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12 Responses to Mystery plant 078

  1. Jasmene says:

    Pipsissewa, Chimaphila umbellata

  2. Ann WF says:

    I believe this plant is Pipsissewa, Chimaphila maculata. It is a little tiny shrub in the heath family (Ericaceae).

  3. joan says:

    Pipsissewa, Spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)

  4. Val says:

    Definitely Pipsissewa (Chimaphila maculata). The common name Pipsissewa is derived from the use of this herb by Native Americans and early settlers to treat kidney stones.

  5. Mike Krebill says:

    Joan and Val are correct. This is Chimaphila maculata,

  6. Rachel Dutton says:

    Pisissewa, Spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)

  7. Ellie Tessmer says:

    Looks like Spotted Wintergreen or Chimaphilia manuclata.

  8. Donna says:

    Thank you! I just spotted this plant in my yard and thought it might be a wintergreen, but had trouble identifying it. How timely!

  9. Angelyn says:

    Even though this plant looks more striped with veins (than spotted), its common name is Spotted wintergreen. The scientific name is Chimaphila maculata.

  10. Veronica Weeks-Basham says:

    ready learned a new plant I’d. Thanx

  11. Tina Wilson says:

    What a beautiful little plant. I am in the nursery biz in San Francisco Bay Area. In 20+ years I do not recall ever seeing this. It looks like something from Tony Agents Plants Delight catalog! I love identifying oddball, and common plants at work, at I am so glad to have stumbled to this site from your clip on Oxalis. Some species are quite decorative and less invasive, this one being just a “weed. After viewing your piece, I will never see that little plant the same. I’m very impressed, can’t wait to watch more, I could say a lot more, but this is getting long enough.
    One last comment: I was never really schooled in BOTANY the scienceI learned through hands on experience in Horticulture. But I’ve been wanting to learn for awhile your style of teaching the scientific names for the various parts of plants.

    • Vic Lea says:

      Take a botany course at a nearby college. Gather brochures and info from your local County Extension Service. Purchase taxonomic guides from a college bookstore or Amazon. Take the course to become a Master Gardener.

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