Jan. 19, 2017

bishop's-cap, Mitella diphylla

I guess bishop's-cap is too small. These fanciful little flowers are less than 1/4 inch across. They grow far enough apart on the stem that even the whole inflorescence isn't very noticeable. I've always been fascinated, so I expected a lot of plant lore I could talk about. Not so. It seems these have gotten very little attention over the centuries. I think they deserve better, so here they are. This is a spring woodland flower that grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 5/12/14