Virginia snakeroot is hard to spot, at least for me. This shot of a darker flower is from Ives Preserve, where it was found a few years ago. It was spotted by a Botany Club member as I was leading them through the preserve. I had been walking there for decades without seeing this. The next year I was leading another group in the same area and stopped to show them another rare species. I then mentioned that snakeroot was nearby, and looked down to take my next step. I realized I was standing on one. In the background of these images are strange stems with what looks like a bud at the top. These are self-fertilizing flowers that never open. They look a bit like charmer's snakes, rearing up, and may account for the snakeroot and serpentaria epithets.