Jun. 17, 2018

Virginia snakeroot, Endodeca serpentaria

The opposite of shooting fish in a barrel. More like some ugly thing from the darkest deep in the ocean. The floral version of a fangtooth. This has got to be, hands down, the least attractive of our flowers. Its also hard to find, and around here it's rare. The plants are maybe a foot tall, losing themselves among the other short plants in the woods. The flowers are about a inch, growing at the base of the plant. Pollinating flies do find these attractive. Pipevine swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs and raise their young on these. Virginia snakeroot grows in AL, AR, CT(T), DE, FL, GA, IA(T), IL(T), IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI(T), MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY(E), OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/18.