striped pipsissewa Pyrolaceae Chimaphila
maculata (L.) Pursh symbol: CHMA3
Leaf: Alternate but appearing whorled, evergreen, thickened, lance shaped with sharp serration, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, dark blue-green with conspicuous white stripes along veins.
Flower: White, 5 petals, 1/2 inch across, appearing in a small group at the end of a terminal spike in early summer.
Fruit: A dry brown capsule persistent through the winter.
Twig: Reddish brown and slender.
Form: A small plant reaching heights of 3 to 6 inches, and displaying whorls of foliage.
Looks like: prince's pine - teaberry
Additional Range Information: Chimaphila maculata is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting striped pipsissewa.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson