The peculiar construction of this very dainty and charming flower at once suggests that of an Orchid. The single slender stalk rises from four to seven inches from slender, prostrate stems and rootstocks. The pointed oval or oblong leaves are gathered toward the summit of the stalk. They are narrowed into short stems. Small, clasping, bract-like leaves are scattered sparingly along the stalk. They are thick, smooth, glossy and rough-margined. The delicate, bright, rose-purple flowers are likened to gaily winged butterflies. Two of the five sepals are highly coloured like petals and form a pair of wide-spreading wings on either side of the corolla. The three white petals are formed into a long, slender tube enclosing the stamens, and the lower one, which is parted and extended, is beautifully fringed. It also bears an underground flower that matures in the bud. The leaves endure the winter, becoming reddish and bronzy before they are replaced in the spring. The Milkwort blossoms from May to July, in rich, moist woods, from Georgia and Illinois northward into Canada.