Etymology: Pyrola: pear-like, from the Latin diminutive of Pyrus, meaning "pear," for the pear-like leaf shape, and a genus commonly called shinleaf or wintergreen
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-12" tall forb
Leaves: mostly 1"-2 1/3" long, roundish, nearly basal, slightly heart-shaped at the base
Flowers: pink to pale purple, 5-parted, stalked, petals 1/4" long; sepals obviously longer than wide, triangular, overlapping at the base; inflorescence a cluster of nodding flowers on a long stalk usually with 1-3 scale-like leaves; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: capsule opening from the bottom upward
Habitat: moist; woods, bogs
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FACW* USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada" Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"