Pink Pyrola (Pyrola asarifolia)

Pink Pyrolas are a very small wintergreen plant. Pink Pyrolas can grow up to 24″ tall, but these stalks pictured here are no more than 6″ tall. The flowers are each smaller than a pencil eraser. So adorable!

When I first spotted these at the edge of the back lot at work this summer, I admit I thought them to be a type of nubby or bumpy grass, but on closer inspection, I realized that what I had initially assumed to be bumps or lumps were actually tiny, tiny flowers.

The blossoms, which bloom during June and early July in moist woodland meadows, each have 5 petals which hang down, giving them a slightly “nodding” appearance.