Interesting plant, heavily veined leaves, grows in shade, humus soil

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  1. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    Any idea what this is? I know I have identified it before, but can't remember the name. Photo taken early spring in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I think it might flower later on, but am not sure (...a memory is a terrible thing to lose...).

    It grows in the woods, seems to like humus-y rich moist soil, acidic.

    It is actually a beautiful foliage plant. Would be a good compliment to hostas, astilbes, etc. See how the very defined ribs catch the light? That is how this plant appears in real life. IMG_20190506_162223.jpg
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    Okay, think that's enough photos?
     
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    skunk cabbage?
     
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    Thanks Carolyn, but it is not skunk cabbage. Skunk cabbage is much broader, grows 2 to 3 feet across. This plant is 6 inches across.
     
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    I have no idea but its a gorgeous plant !
     
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    pictures can be deceiving. I really thought that was larger than 6". it is cool looking though. does it have a flower? I am assuming so as it needs to reproduce somehow but whether it is significant or not is what catches our eye.
     
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    It looks very much like a hosta... A shade loving plant that has great foliage.

    But you can't hold me to it. I have lawyers! Lol
     
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    Yes, you are right Carolyn. I was just scrolling around looking for it too & came across its photo. Apparently it grows to 2 to 6 feet tall! It is also toxic to cows, so considered a pest by farmers.

    Sure is pretty though. But hearing it can grow to 6 feet! That makes it a bit difficult to use in the landscape.
    Veratrum viride
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Not to be confused with Phytolacca acinosa (also called Indian poke), or other pokeweeds (genus Phytolacca)
    Veratrum viride
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    Veratrum viride var. viride in flower
    Scientific classification[​IMG]
    Kingdom: Plantae
    Clade: Angiosperms
    Clade: Monocots
    Order: Liliales
    Family: Melanthiaceae
    Genus: Veratrum
    Species:
    V. viride
    Binomial name
    Veratrum viride

    Aiton
    Synonyms[1]
    Synonymy[show]
    Veratrum viride, known as Indian poke, corn-lily, Indian hellebore, false hellebore, green false hellebore[2], or giant false-helleborine
     
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