Aplectrum hyemale

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Puttyroot, Adam and Eve, Adam and Eve Orchid, Putty Root Orchid
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Aplectrum hyemale, or Puttyroot, is native to the most of the eastern United States, except the deep south. It is a perennial, that grows in moist, shaded woods. It blooms in mid to late spring with stalks of brown-green flowers.

This species cannot easily be mistaken for much else; it has a single gray-green colored leaf which is present only from the fall and through winter. When the plant begins to bloom in the spring, the leaf withers away and reappears again each fall after the seed has set.

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