Bare-stemmed Mitrewort – Mitella nuda

Saxifrage Family – Saxifragaceae

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch across

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch across

Bare-stemmed Mitrewort is also called Common Mitrewort, Naked Mitrewort, or Creeping Bishop’s Cap.  Another Latin name for this plant is Mitella prostrata.

Plant Description: Bare-stemmed Mitrewort is a 2 to 8 inches tall perennial.  The stem is finely hairy, leafless (except it may have a small reduced leaf near the base), and has 3 to 12 small, green flowers along the top half of the stem. The leaves are basal, long-petioled, heart to kidney-shaped, about 1 inch long, with rounded teeth and a few fine, stiff hairs on the upper surface.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1/2 inch across. The flowers are greenish-white saucers with 5 rounded lobes. The 5 petals are greenish-white or greenish-yellow, .2 inch long, and TV antenna-like, with 8 laterals. There are 10 stamens.

Ecology: Bare-stemmed Mitrewort grows in bogs swamps, stream banks and wet forests mostly on the east side

Note:  The 10 stamen set this mitrewort apart from the other miterworts of Washington which have only 5 stamen.  It is now the only Washington Mitrewort in the Mitella genus. The other Mitreworts have been moved to Ozomelis or Pectiantia.