Ericaceae
Pyrola asarifolia

Heart-Leaved Pyrola

Tall, erect, reddish stem from basal cluster of leathery evergreen leaves. Leaves oval to round, with tapered bases on long petioles, shiny dark green with underside often purple. Flowers on spreading stalks on top 1/2 of stem. Petals form cup, pink to dark red, with protruding downward-curving style. Grows in bogs to dry evergreen or deciduous forests, meadows, from near coast to subalpine. Subsp. asarifolia is common, with round leaves and short bracts; grows in swamps, along streambanks. Subsp. bracteata is uncommon, with bracts as long as flower stalks; grows in dry to moist forest.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--18 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, Bog/Fen/Wetland
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Steens
  • Native: Yes