Waterleaf family (Hydrophyllaceae).
In Ohio we have 8 different native species. These enjoy low-lying damp woods, floodplains, creekside, etc.
It is one of the earliest leaves to emerge in the spring, and is easy to identify by the white 'water bleaching' like spots on the leaves. Found in large colonies growing from connected rhizomes. Mid to late spring flowers emerge in colors varying from pale pink to deep purple, occasionally white.
The most common species:
-Virginia Waterleaf (H. virginianum)
-Large-leaved Waterleaf (H. macrophyllum)
Can both be found in the photos below. The other species have more rounded maple like leaves.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her fiancé and cat in Wooster where she also works at a bookstore and grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.