Chimaphila maculata (L.) Pursh
Chimaphila maculata (L.) Pursh var. dasystemma (Torr.) Kearney & Peebles
Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Wintergreen, Spotted Pipsissewa
Pipsissewa comes from the Cree Indian name pipsisikweu, meaning “it breaks into small pieces,” from the mistaken belief that the leaves of this plant released a substance that would dissolve kidney stones. These plants are North American natives.
Identification: Pipsissewa is a low-growing plant (about 9" (22 cm)) that inhabits forest floors. It has thick, leathery leaves that are dark blue-green when mature, much lighter when young, and contain white stripes. The leaves are about 2" (5 cm) long and ⅜" (9.5 mm) wide. In the winter, the evergreen leaves turn purple. Nodding white flowers about ½" (1.3 cm) across appear on short stalks. These plants are endangered, so please don’t disturb them.
Chimaphila maculata on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook
Chimaphila maculata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Chimaphila maculata on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Chimaphila maculata at the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
Chimaphila maculata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Chimaphila maculata on www.newhampshirewildflowers.com
Chimaphila maculata at 2bnTheWild.com
Chimaphila maculata at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Chimaphila maculata on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Chimaphila maculata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.