The flowers are held just above the ground, making Virginia snakeroot difficult to spot by its flowers. It's easier to detect by the foliage -- look for narrow, heart-shaped leaves on a stem that zigzags slightly. The plant is rare in Connecticut; the state lists it as a species of special concern.
- Synonyms: Aristolochia serpentaria
- Family: birthwort (Aristolochiaceae)
- Habitat: dry, rocky woods
- Height: 8-24 inches
- Flower size: 3/4 inch long
- Flower color: purplish-brown
- Flowering time: May to July
- Origin: native
If you look at the base of the plant on the left, you can just make out a flower.