While searching for the perfect shot of Yellow Mandarin, I found these leaves that looked similar:
But wait a minute! Is that a PINK flower underneath?
Indeed! Another new flower for me: Rosybells or Rose Twisted Stalk or Rose Mandarin. Again, Latin names seem to be changing. My Newcomb’s calls it Streptopus roseus. The USDA plant database calls it Streptopus lanceolatus. Threatened, endangered, or of special concern in several states, the plant database doesn’t even recognize its presence in New York.
Peterson’s Guide to Edible Wild Plants suggests that young shoots make a nice addition to salads; the red berries that will appear later in summer, while mildly cathartic, make a “pleasant nibble.” But I could never bring myself to eat a plant that is endangered!