Mitella diphylla L. - Bishop's Cap, Miterwort
Family - Saxifragaceae
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Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - North-facing limestone slopes, sandstone bluffs, mossy pockets, moist ledges, humus-covered talus.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This attractive little species can be found in a handful of scattered locations mostly in the eastern half of Missouri. The plant can be identified by its pubescent stems, maple-leaf shaped leaves, opposite inflorescence bracts, and fimbriate perianth parts. When not in flower the plant can easily be overlooked or mistaken for a species of Heuchera, which it frequently grows in association with. This plant is fairly uncommon over its entire range because of its selective habitat.
Photographs taken at the Walls of Jericho, AL., 3-4-06.