Genus Hydrophyllum
Waterleaf Family (Hydrophyllaceae)

Lush green foliage
    with pale lavender blossoms

(Hydrophyllum capitatum)

This plant grows in rich soil under the shade of maple and oak trees on the foothills. The tender shoots are edible.

The flower blossoms grow in dense clusters which are a couple of inches in diameter. The species name capitatum means "head", referring to these flower clusters.
The flowers are a light lavender in color. The stamens and stigmas are very long and extruded from the flowers.

A cluster of waterleaf flowers

Red Butte Canyon
Wasatch Mountain foothills
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray