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Dew-drop (False Violet, Robin-run-away)
Dalibarda repens

Dew-drop is an endangered plant in Connecticut. The name false violet comes not only from the heart-shaped leaves, but also because this plant, like violets, produces two kinds of flowers. Flowers with white petals (as seen in the photo) are mostly sterile. Dewdrop also produces cleistogamous flowers -- flowers that never open, but produce seed by self-fertilization. The cleistogamous flowers are inconspicuous, as they have no petals and they remain hidden beneath the leaves.

• Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
• Habitat: wet woods
• Height: 2-5 inches
• Flower size: 1/2 inch across
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: June to August
• Origin: native

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