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Rose Twisted Stalk Flowering

rosybells 084From above, you might mistake Rose Twisted Stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus), or Rosybells, for Solomon’s Seal or False Solomon’s Seal, but the alternate leaves and the zigzag stem quickly reveal its true identity.  This native member of the lily family has delicate, bell-shaped, pink flowers dangling underneath its leaves – one solitary flower opposite each leaf.  The “twisted stalk” in its common name refers to the long flower stalks, each of which is twisted, or bent, in the middle.  By July or August, these flowers, if fertilized, will have developed into red berries. (Thanks to Virginia Barlow for photo op.)

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3 responses

  1. Inge Ackermann

    Beautiful! Thanks!

    – Inge 413.549.4870


    June 2, 2016 at 7:26 am

  2. Gorgeous photo and I appreciate you differentiating this from Solomon’s Seal.

    June 2, 2016 at 10:00 am

  3. Susan Greenberg

    There are quite a few of these plants at Marsh-Billings NP and at least one plant at Eshqua Bog – pretty photo!

    June 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm

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