I really love it when I find Colorado wildflowers that I haven’t identified before, and Bog Wintergreen (Pyrola asarifolia) is another one that was new to me last summer.

The Bog Wintergreen (aka Liverleaf Wintergreen, Pink Pyrola, Pink Shinleaf, and Pink Wintergreen) is a plant that prefers wet habitats. The “wintergreen” part of the name comes from the fact that the leaves of this plant remain green year-round, even in the winter. It was considered to be an effective remedy in the treatment of rheumatism, as well as for bruised shins (hence, “shinleaf”).

I half expect this plant to taste like wintergreen Lifesavers. I might have to try it out next time I see one.

bog wintergreen

bog wintergreen

 

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