Jun. 20, 2018

blue twinflower, Dyschoriste oblongifolia

Commonly named twinflower, this plant becomes snakeherb in more technical references. Perhaps because there are a lot of plants called twinflower. A quick search reveals no good reason for either name. Judging by available images, the flowers don't often appear in pairs. There were no references to the plant being used for or by snakes, and there are no snaky parts. These attractive plants grow about a foot high, the flowers are almost an inch long. They have now wiggled their way into flower gardens within their native climate. Blue twinflower and oblongleaf snakeherb grows in AL, FL, GA, LA, and SC. Polk Co FL, 3/17/16.