Virginia Waterleaf

Virginia Waterleaf

Botanical Name: Hydrophyllum virginianum

En Fran├žais: Hydrophylle de Virginie


Virginia waterleaf is an upright perennial native to moist and wet woods from Quebec to Manitoba. It is typically found in low woods, thickets, ravine bottoms, bluff bases, river flood plains and stream valleys.

There are 5 long narrow sepals with feathery edges under the flower head. One plant has 1 or 2 clusters on a stem, and may have multiple stems.

Flowers are followed by seed capsules. When ripe the capsules split open to release the small seeds. It self-seeds readily.

Used in shady areas and woodland gardens.

Other Characteristics

Sun/Shade: Partial Sun, Shade

Planting and Care Considerations

It is best grown in consistently moist, well-drained soils in a light shady spot. They can grow aggressively in optimum conditions.

Polemonium reptans, Phacelia bipinnatifida, Erythronium americanum, Podophyllum peltatum, Dryopteris intermedia, and Caulophyllum thalictroides.

Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Water: medium to moist

Best Soil: sand, loam and clay.

Growth Habit: Virginia waterleaf is always found in moist, wooded areas, typically is a stream

More Information

Use in baked dishes and smoothies. Tea can be made from the roots. It is an astringent, used in treatment of mild diarrhea.

Indigenous peoples ate the young plants and leaves after cooking.