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.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.