May. 7, 2017


Toadshades are almost always the dark red color shown on the wildflower page.  Occasionally, the red pigment is missing, producing the greenish-yellow form here.  The dark mottling is also gone from the leaves, which at least in my expereince is normal for this form.  The plant shown is the only official record of the form in Michigan.  That means I killed it, dried it and sent the specimen to the University of Michigan herbarium.  But I don't feel too guilty.  I see them around this area occasionally.