This diminutive wildflower grows in sandy poor soils. It also goes by Pipsissewa, from a Native American name (which of the many languages of Native Americans, I do not know). The leaves taste vaguely medicinal and were once used in root beer.
The flower stands about five inches tall. This one was growing below the cliff at Morgan’s Steep. I angled the camera up to give a bumblebee’s view of the ornate architecture of the flower — these insects are the main pollinators.
Junebug bombed the photoshoot. Stasis and motion:
The plants are growing in deep woodland shade and the white stands out from the gloomy surroundings like a tiny bumblebeacon.