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Alpine waterleaf (Hydrophyllum alpestre)

Alpine waterleaf (Hydrophyllum alpestre - previously known as H. capitatum var. alpinum) is a perennial herb that occurs shortly after snowmelt in forest openings. This species is also commonly known as woolen breeches or ballhead waterleaf.

Alpine waterleaf or woolen breeches (Hydrophyllum alpestre) (previously H. capitatum var. alpinum).  Sagehen Creek, Nevada County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0297
Alpine waterleaf's lavender inflorescence grows at ground level, while its leaves rise inches above. Sagehen Creek, Nevada County, California.

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