Shinleaf, Pyrola
Pyrola elliptica
Family Pyrolaceae

* Flowers white, with green veins, red stemlets, and long, curving pistils.
* Leaves elliptical, slightly wavy-edged, with the blade longer than the stem. To 3" long.
* Height: 5-10".

Natural History:
* Flowers June - August.
* Habitat: Forests.
* Range: Canada and the northeastern United States.
* Native.

* Native Americans used all parts of the shinleaf plant medicinally; tea made from the plant to treat infant epilepsy, leaf tea was gargled to relieve canker sores and sore throats, and root tea was used as a tonic. In addition, they applied leaf poultices to tumors, sores, and cuts.


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008