Connecticut Plants
Pyrola elliptica Nutt.

Connecticut has several species of Pyrola; shinleaf is the most common one. Shinleaf is distinguished by having white flowers and oval (as opposed to roughly circular) leaves with short leaf stalks. Round-leaved pyrola also has white flowers, but the leaves are rounder and much shinier.

  • Family: heath (Ericaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, especially near conifers
  • Height: 5-10 inches
  • Flower size: 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native
Pyrola elliptica Nutt.
Pyrola elliptica Nutt.