Strange Flower

We’re not sure if this is a flower or a weed with spokes, but here’s a picture of it last September. Note the stem branching to the right and the pink spokes at the end with what look like buds on a few of the tips.

We found it in a shady path in our woods. The spokes on that one stem gradually turned deep red and then black in winter. I helped the stem with the spokes survive the winter and in the picture today (below) you can barely make out the old spokes over a light grey leaf to the right of the new spokes. The new green spokes are central in the photo.

So, what kind of a flower is this? We think the closet thing to it might be a White Dead-nettle or Lamium Album, but maybe not. More flowering mysteries!

  1. GeologyJoe’s avatar

    Mard, I think its called ‘Dolls Eye’.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    That’s it, Joe. You got it! I did a google search for Dolls Eye and here it is!

    Thanks, Joe. That solves the mystery.

    So, instead of “White Deadnettle” it’s really “White Baneberry”. There’s a skull and crossbones on the web page too. Well, it’s been the bane of our existence…… :mrgreen: :-)

  3. SleepyLaKate’s avatar

    I’ve noticed that plant around here as well! Nice to know it’s name.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Yes, and be careful of those spokes, especially when the doll’s eyes appear. They’re haunted, you know! Could Peter Lynch make a good movie out of this plant?


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