Virginia waterleaf

noun

Definition of Virginia waterleaf

: a perennial herb (Hydrophyllum virginianum) of eastern North American woodlands that has pinnate leaves typically with small whitish patches on the surface and a cluster of small showy white to violet flowers borne on a tall stalk

called also eastern waterleaf, Shawnee salad, shawny

Note: The tender young shoots of Virginia waterleaf are sometimes eaten cooked or in salads.

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“Virginia waterleaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Virginia%20waterleaf. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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