Plant of the day: marsh tritileia

True to its name, this flower prefers to grow in wet places. Triteleia peduncularis is a graceful beauty, growing up to three feet tall, and is often found near serpentine. The flowers are whitish with a striking purple midvein. Six stamen are tucked away inside the trumpet- or funnel-shaped mouth of the flower.

There are two other triteleia species in the area: wild hyacinth and wally basket. They all are unique looking, as the hyacinth is white but bowl-shaped and the wally basket is purple throughout. Neither have the sleek elegance of the marsh triteleia.

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