If you were a chipmunk, you would still be taller than a particular wildflower in Pennsylvania that, at first glance, looks very much like an orchid.
In its natural habitat on the forest floor you could easily walk right past the Fringed Polygala, also known as GayWing or Bird on the Wing.
Can you spot it in this photo? It’s pink, in the center of the photo and the size of a dot! I took this photo from about 5 feet away while walking along Trinity Gorge trail at Beltzville State Park.
Now here is this beautiful wildflower up close. It stands about 3 inches tall and grows in colonies from April to May by creeping its stems along the ground.
The study of Ethnobotany claims this plant was used by American Indians to treat skin inflammations.
This macro photo really shows off this flower’s nickname of “Bird on the Wing”
How exquisite are the little things in life!
Ever grateful, Annie