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Rat's Vein
Latin name: Chimaphila maculata
Member of the Wintergreen family (Pyrolaceae)

This plant is also called Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Pipsissewa, Rheumatism Root, or Dragon's Tongue. The name "pipsissewa" is derived from a Cree Indian word referring to the diuretic properties of the leaves when eaten. The tapering leaves have white spots along the veins and are arranged in whorls on the stem. The fragrant, five-petaled, nodding, waxy flowers may be white or pale pink. It grows to a height of 4 to 10 inches. It can be found in shady woods. It blooms from June to August.

Rat's Vein is common in the Clinch Mountain area.

Sources:
"A Field Guide to Wildflowers, Northeastern and North-central North America" by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
Encyclopaedia Britannica

Photo taken behind my house


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