Pipsissewa
Chimaphila umbellata (L.) Nutt. (Pyrolaceae)

Common Names
Common pipsissewa, bitter wintergreen, fragrant wintergreen, ground holly, king's cure, love-in-winter, noble pine, pine tulip, pipsissewa, prince's pine, princess pine, pyrole, rheumatism weed, waxflower, wintergreen.

Description
An evergreen perennial that grows to 10 inches in height. Leaves are dark green, blunt-toothed, and wedge-shaped. Flowers are about inch in size, flesh-colored, with violet pollen sacs.

Flowering Period
May to June.

Habitat
Coniferous and hardwood forests, and acid woodlands.

Harvest
Leaves and herbs in late summer or early fall.

Uses
The dried leaves are reportedly used as a diuretic, astringent, tonic, and antirheumatic.

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