Hexastylis arifolia known by the common names Wild Ginger, Heart-leaf, Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Heartleaf and Littlebrownjug. A Fort Yargo State Park where I’ve seen lot of plants along the Rock Garden trail north of the Fishing Area (segment 12) and a few south of the Fishing Area (segment 13). Wild Ginger is easy to recognize by it’s characteristic heart-shaped leaves which have lighter-colored patches between the veins. Older leaves may appear to be coated black and the patches may not be visible.
The woods are covered with a thick layer of leaf litter and I wasn’t sure when these plants would flower in this area. In late April, I carefully cleared away some leaves surrounding a couple of plants and found the flowers beneath them. After I photographed them I replaced the leaves. I watched each week and, over time, flowers of a couple of flowers were observable without removing leaves but must remained covered.
A young plant with typical heart-shaped leaves with distinctly lighter patches between the veins.
Flowers are almost white with a purple tinge. (An older leaf in the upper left appears almost black).
Another view of flowers.
A close up of flowers. These flowers are green with a purple tinge.
Hexastylis arifolia is native to the United States. Their range is states south and east from Virginia and Kentucky south to Louisiana.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Hexastylis arifolia (Littlebrownjug)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Hexastylis arifolia
- Southeastern Flora: Wild Ginger (Hexastylis arifolia)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Hexastylis arifolia
- Alabama Plants: Hexastylis arifolia
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower