This is really a unique plant -- I wish I could see them in bloom.
Woke up early to go birdwatching with some other nature center folks... We didn't see many birds, but the naturalist never has a failed walk! :)
This one was called "pipsesswa" by some of the other naturalists... New one for me!
Small subshrub in pine forest.
Chimaphila (wintergreen; from Greek: cheima 'winter' and philos 'lover', hence 'winter lover') is a genus of five species of small, evergreen, flowering plants native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They are classified in the family Ericaceae, but were formerly placed in the segregate family Pyrolaceae.