Bartonia virginica is an annual to biennial herb, roots are associated with and the plant is dependent upon a fungus (mycotrophic); stem slender, to 40 cm tall, unbranched below inflorescence.
Leaves reduced to opposite scales, yellow-green.
Flowers yellowish, bell-shaped, radially symmetrical, to 0.4 cm, petals fused at base, lobes 4, narrow, margin usually toothed.
Fruit dry, capsule cylindrical, seeds minute, numerous.
Wetland status: FACW.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Sphagnum bogs, wet meadows in acid soil.