Sidebells (Pyrola secunda)
Although perhaps the least showy of the pyrolas, the tell-tale curved stalk is endearing when repeated in a grouping, explaining it’s common name of sidebells or one-sided wintergreen. The “flowers” are greenish bells that one rarely sees open; more often as pea-shaped buds. What does make them stand out is their “one-sidedness.” All of the ten-plus flowers on each stock appear on the same side of the stem, causing the stem to nod to that side. Common in west side forests and sometimes forms a ground-cover. Said to have a pleasing fragrance (although we keep forgetting to smell it). It’s leaves without the flower, resemble those of Moneses uniflora, a close cousin not technically in the pyrola genus.