This is Hydrophyllum fendleri, or Fendler’s Waterleaf, a feathery white blossom on a plant with many leaves. It was growing along the rocky trail of Klahane Ridge.
Diamond Roof State Natural Area, Langlade & Oconto Cos., WI
Glacier Basin Trail at 4920ft elevation. Near an avalanche slope and stream crossings, standing trees and shrubs providing some shade.
Near a stream crossing. More robust than the Hydrophyllum observed on an open bench.
Glacier Basin Trail at 4950ft elevation. On a rocky bench at the base of a large tallus/avalanche slope. The area was scoured by an avalanche this past winter.
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.