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Pyrola asarifolia
common pink wintergreen, liver-leaf wintergreen

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout much of forested Washington except for the southeast corner; Alaska south to California, east to Colorado in the west, and across the northern half of the United States to the Atlantic.

Habitat: Moist ground in woodlands and forests, lowlands to mid-elevations.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, glabrous herbs from wide-spreading rhizomes, the scapose stem 1.5-4 dm. tall.


Leaves basal, numerous, the blades rotund to obovate, leathery, entire to serrulate, 3-8 cm. long and broad, dark green and shiny on the upper surface, somewhat purplish beneath, not mottled; petioles at least as long as the blades.


Flowers 10-25 in an elongate raceme; pedicels 3-8 mm. long, subtended by linear-lanceolate bractlets of equal length; flowers 10-15 mm. broad; calyx 5-lobed, the lobes pointed, 2.5-4 mm. long; petals 5, distinct, 5-7 mm. long, pinkish to rose or purplish-red; stamens 10, bent inward, the anthers without awns, inverted, opening by 2 pores on short tubes; style strongly curved, 5-8 mm. long, with a collar below the stigma; ovary superior.


Capsule 5-celled.

Accepted Name:
Pyrola asarifolia Michx.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 251. 1803.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. asarifolia – pink pyrola    Alaska to California, east to Colorado in the west, and across the northern half of the United States to the Atlantic
ssp. bracteata – pink pyrola
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pyrola asarifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Pyrola asarifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pyrola asarifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pyrola asarifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Pyrola asarifolia information.

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