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Connecticut Plants
Small-flowered Leafcup (Whiteflower Leafcup)
Polymnia canadensis L.

Small-flowered leafcup is endangered in the state of Connecticut. Most of the photos below were taken in Virginia, where leafcup is more common.

  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: moist woods, ravines
  • Height: 2-5 feet
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch across
  • Flower color: yellow-green
  • Flowering time: June to October
  • Origin: native
Polymnia canadensis L.

Leafcup is highly variable in the size of the rays -- the white things that look like petals. Sometimes the rays are large enough that the flowerhead resembles a stubby daisy. On other plants, such as the one below, the rays are tiny or absent. Photographed in late June in Wythe County, Virginia.

Polymnia canadensis L.
Polymnia canadensis L.

Leafcut has large, coarsely lobed leaves and relatively small flowers. Photographed in late June in Wythe County, Virginia.

Polymnia canadensis L.
Polymnia canadensis L.