Large-leaf waterleaf growing in hardwood bottom land forest, but also seen in upland areas of Coffee County.
Spring Bioblitz 2013
herbaceous groundcover; leaves pinnately compound with toothed margins on the outer half.
Hydrophyllum capitatum, Ballhead Waterleaf aka Wool Breeches.
Perennial, mid to high elevation; long petioled pinnate leaves, purplish 5 petal flowers in clusters growing under leaves.
Date: 6 July 2013
Directions: South down Delphi Rd coming from TESC, about 5 miles down McLane Creek Preserve is on your right.
Weather: Mild, partly cloudy
Habitat: Moist soil, understory plant.
Species seen: false solomon's seal, false lilly of the valley, scouler's corydalis, Thimbleberry, red huckleberry etc..
Comments: Apparently the roots are edible...
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.