Triodanis perfoliata

Cupped Venus Looking Glass

Erect. Stem stiff, branched or unbranched, with bristle-like hairs. Leaves to 1 in. long, widely egg-shaped to nearly round, sessile below, clasping on upper stem. Flowers 1–3, sessile, nestled above each leaf, open, 5-petaled, deep purple to pale lavender. Lower flowers self-pollinating, upper flowers with 5 calyx lobes. Grows in dry woods, rocky soils, disturbed places, below 3000 ft. Triodanis is Greek and means "3 teeth" in reference to the teeth on the calyx.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring-Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--12 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic Np
  • Native: Yes