Medeola virginiana
(Indian Cucumber Root)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Indian Cucumber Root, Indian Cucumber
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Medeola virginiana, or Indian Cucumber Root, is native to most of the eastern United States. It is a perennial, that grows in moist woods, often in very rich, acidic soil. It blooms in mid to late spring with green flowers. Plants that are non-blooming in a given year only have one tier of leaves, while blooming plants have two tiers.

This plant is very distinct and has very few lookalikes, besides perhaps Whorled Pogonia, a very rare orchid. The leaves of Medeola arranged in whorls of 5 to 7 leaves make it difficult to confuse with other plants.

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