Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) LaBagh Woods Chicago Cook County IL May 2015 Jeff Skrentny IMG_7337
Note the completely glabrous peduncles
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) w/ nectaring Yellow or Golden Northern Bumble Bee (Bombus fervidus) LaBagh Woods Chicago Cook County IL May 2015 Week #20 Jeff Skrentny IMG_6925
Hydrophyllum is a genus of flowering plants in the waterleaf family which includes several herbaceous perennials native to North America. They include Hydrophyllum capitatum, the dwarf waterleaf or ballhead waterleaf. Its head is made of a series of five-petaled, five-stamened purple flowers. It was used as a nutritious food source by Native American peoples.