Apr. 4, 2017

twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla

Twinleaf is one of our earlier spring blooms. It's a small plant about 9 inches high, with flowers an inch across or a little more. The plant has much the same aspect as bloodroot, but very different leaves. It is a Michigan rarity that I've only seen two places in the wild. I recently discovered that my neighbor has had it next door for many years, which is where I got this shot. My favorite image is on film, from the first time I saw it around 1974. I've never since been able to catch it at just the right moment to get another one like that. Twinleaf grows in woods in AL, GA(E), IA(T), IL, IN, KY, MD, MI(S), MN, NC, NJ(E), NY(T), OH, PA, TN, VA, WI, WV, and ON. Paul and Maxine's garden, Lenawee Co MI, 4/19/15