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Venus Looking-glass

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Specularia perfoliata
Venus Looking-glass


Found on rocky hillsides.


They bloom in spring and summer with bright purple-blue flowers from leaf axils. They are a simple stem (no branching) and can reach more than 2 feet tall.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Flowers regular with 5 petals growing from the axils (where they attach to stem) of the top few leaves
Flower Color: Purplish-blue
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Medium - 6-30 inches)
Leaf Type: Small, heart-shaped, toothed and clasping stem
Stem: Unbranching

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