Pipsissewa, chimaphila umbellata
, is a distinctive plant, producing glossy, evergreen, toothed leaves that grow in whorls along the lower portion of the purple stem, which branches towards the top and bears clusters of between 3 and 8 light pink flowerheads, pointing downwards. Each consists of five rounded petals, ten divided stamens and a green stigma at the center. Flower stalks have a very fine hair covering, sometimes glandular. Buds are spherical, resembling a berry. The lower end of the stem becomes woody with age. The plant grows from spreading rhizomes, inhabiting wooded sites, mostly in coniferous forests.