This strange little Pyrola is easily identified by its drooping, one-sided floral spike of greenish white five-lobed, bell-shaped flowers which have exceedingly prominent pistils. Usually several slender flowering stems rise from four to ten inches high from the much-branched rootstock. The thin, glossy, oval, evergreen leaf has a rounded or narrowed base, and tapers toward the tip. The leaves grow in a tuft on slender stems and have a finely scalloped margin and a strong midrib. The stalk is erect at first, but bends to one side as the small, scarcely nodding flowers mature. The flowers blossom in an irregular order along the stalk, and the long, slightly curved pistil remains after the petals have fallen. It should be noted that the petals are not entirely separated, but are joined together in growth. This little plant is found during June and July in rich woods and thickets, from Labrador to Alaska, south to the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and along the Rockies to Mexico and California. Also in Europe and Asia.