By William T. Hathaway

Leaf-cups (Polymnia canadensis, Polymnia uvedalia)

Those of us interested in wildflowers occasionally find floral distribution unusual. These two Leaf-cups belong to the same genus, but their different elevation requirements in Pittsylvania County, Virginia are well defined.

The Small-flowered species is found in rich upland woods in the higher elevations around Smith Mountain. Large-flowered Leaf-cups are characteristically located in woodland edges and fields within low grounds throughout the county. Both species are locally in bloom from July until late October.