Etymology: Galax: Greek gala for "milk"
Plants: perennial forb, 6"-9" tall; from creeping rhizomes
Leaves: leathery, evergreen, shiny, basal, 5 inches wide, rounded with a heart-shaped base; turns reddish in the fall
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/8" wide; inflorescence a spike-like scape; blooms late spring to early summer
Habitat: partial to full shade
Conservation Status: Introduced - locally established