Photographer: R.K. Kupfer
Aplectrum hyemale (Muhl. ex Willd.) Torr.
Aplectrum: Greek a for privative and plectron for "a spur;" meaning "lack of spur"
hyemale: of the winter, flowering in winter
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb; usually with 2 connecting bulbs, the derivation of the common name "Adam-and-Eve"|
|Flower: ||purplish, 6-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long; lip white with purple markings; inflorescence 7-15 stalked flowers in a loose, terminal, spike-like cluster (raceme); blooms May-June|
|Leaf:||basal, erect, elliptical, 6" long by 1 1/2" wide, the base covering the stem, gray-green with whitish veins, withered-looking, appear in the autumn and grow throughout the winter then die when flowering in the spring|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture; deciduous woods; in rich soil|