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Virginia Snakeroot
Aristolochia serpentaria

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.

• 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

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Aristolochia serpentaria
Aristolochia serpentaria
If you look at the base of the plant on the left, you can just make out a flower.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.