Pyrola picta
white-vein wintergreen

Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades, British Columbia to California, east to South Dakota and New Mexico

Habitat: Coniferous woods, especially ponderosa pine, moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, glabrous herbs, spreading from slender rhizomes, with several leafy, sterile stems, the flowering stems usually single, reddish-brown, 10-25 cm. tall.


Leaves basal, petiolate, the blades ovate to elliptic-rotund, 2-7 cm. long, leathery, deep green on the upper surface but grayish-mottled along the main veins, the lower surface somewhat purplish, the margins thickened, entire to serrulate.


Flowers 10-25 in an elongate raceme, about 1 cm. broad; pedicels spreading, 4-8 mm. long, from lanceolate bracts of equal length; calyx 5-lobed, reddish; petals 5, distinct, yellowish to greenish-white or purplish, 6-8 mm. long; stamens 10, bent inward, the anthers without awns, inverted, opening by pores on the side of short tubes; styles bent to the side; ovary superior.


Capsule 5-celled

Accepted Name:
Pyrola picta Sm.
Publication: Cycl. 29: Pyrola no. 8. 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Pyrola conardiana Andres
Pyrola paradoxa Andres
Pyrola septentrionalis Andres
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Pyrola picta checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pyrola picta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pyrola picta photos.

USDA Plants: Pyrola picta information.

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