Great Waterleaf

Common Name: Great Waterleaf

Scientific Name: Hydrophyllum appendiculatum

Family: Hydrophyllaceae

Habitat: Woodlands, Ravines, Along Streams

Native: Yes

Life Cycle: Biennial 

Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Height: Up to 2 feet

Light: Partial shade

Soil: Moist, Loamy

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies

Description: Great Waterleaf is a biennial woodland wildflower that blooms between May and June in shady conditions and rich soil, along ravines and beside streams. Great Waterleaf can be identified in late spring by its lavender flowers, hairy stem, and leaves which are cleft into five lobes, similar to a maple leaf. These photos of Great Waterleaf were taken in the Woodland Garden at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.