© 2005 Honor Marks
Spotted Wintergreen
(Chimaphilia maculata)
oil on canvas
18" x 24"

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." -Helen Keller

This little plant, usually growing to only five or six inches high, is listed as endangered in Canada and is protected by law in some states. Native Americans are reported to have used it to treat kidney stones.