Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun to Shade
Height: 1-2 feet
Bloom: May – June
Suggested Uses: Virginia Waterleaf is a shade-loving ground cover that is excellent for wooded shoreline restoration projects and woodland gardens. The foliage is deeply lobed and often are often splotchy/variable in color (“water marks”). These marks generally disappear by mid-late season.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest and Northeast U.S.
Pollinators: Bees, including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)
Flowers: The 1/4″ – 1/2″ bell-shaped flowers have 5 sepals and 5 united petals, and 5 stamens. They grow in a spherical cluster of flowers that rises above the leaves.
Leaves: The divided leaves are 2″-5″ long with 5-7 lance-shaped or ovate, toothed leaflets.
Food Uses: Young leaves can be boiled and served with vinegar if collected before the flowers appear. Consume at your own risk.
Other Names: Eastern Waterleaf
More information: USDA plant profile