Etymology: Moehringia: for Paul Heinrich Gerhard, 18th century German botanist
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb; leafy, hairy stems; from colony-forming rhizomes
Leaves: Opposite pairs, relatively broad with a blunt tip, 1/3"-1" long, no stipules, hairy
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, petals about twice as long as the sepals, sepals oblong to elliptic with mostly rounded or blunt tips; inflorescence with 1-5 stalked flowers in a branched cluster (cyme); blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: capsule with 6 silts opening nearly to the base when mature; smooth, glossy seeds
Habitat: dry to moist; woods, forests, riverbanks
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FACU* Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos