Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum). A very attractive flower that can form large colonies near streams. Although Gray says the name Hydrophyllum (Greek for “Waterleaf”) is “of no obvious application,” other observers trace the name to the whitish blotches that may appear on the leaves, looking like water stains.
Appendaged Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum appendiculatum). A somewhat uncommon plant in western Pennsylvania. It blooms from May into early June. To judge by the way it grew here in Beechview, it likes moist soil at the edge of the woods. The family resemblance to the more common Virginia Waterleaf is obvious, but the flowers of Appendaged Waterleaf are a middle blue or blue-violet color, and the leaves are maple-shaped.