Bishop's cap

Mitella diphylla

''Mitella diphylla'' is a clump forming, open woodland plant native to eastern North America.
Bishop's Cap These plants have TINY, dainty, fringed flower petals. The flowers are cup-like and have tiny black seeds nestled inside. Geotagged,Mitella diphylla,Spring,Two-Leaved Mitrewort,United States,bishop's cap,flower,two-leaved bishop's-cap,white,wildflower


Miterwort grows from a rhizomatous root system with fibrous roots. Leaves are coarsely toothed with 3-5 shallow lobes. Most leaves are basal, and there is one opposite pair of stemless leaves on each flower stalk.

Tiny flowers with finely divided, lacy white petals are produced in mid-spring in racemes on stems growing from 20 to 50 centimetres tall.

The seeds are tiny, 1.2–1.6 mm, produced in small green cups, formed from the sepals of the flower, and when ripe are shiny and black. They are spread when raindrops hit the cups and splash the seeds out.
Bishop's Cap - Mitella diphylla After flowering, this plant produces black seeds (1.2–1.6 mm each) in tiny, shallow cups that run along the stem. The cups are formed from the sepals of the flowers. The seeds are spread when rain hits the cups and splashes the seeds out.

Habitat: Bog Bishop's cap,Geotagged,Mitella,Mitella diphylla,Spring,United States,seeds


The flowers produce both pollen and nectar. Due to their small size, they are mainly visited by small bees and flies: for instance, ''Lasioglossum'' sweat bees, small carpenter bees and hoverflies.


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SpeciesM. diphylla