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The Swamp pink (Helonias bullata) is part of the lily family, although there is little resemblance. It has smooth, evergreen, lance-shaped leaves approximately 3 to 10 inches long that lie fairly flat on the ground. The stocky, hollow stem grows from 1 to 3 ft tall and has sparse modified leaves along its length. In April or early May a cluster of pink flowers bloom at the top of the stem, and this is dotted with pale blue anthers (stamens that hold the pollen). The Swamp pink lives only in shady forested wetland areas, since the species cannot survive in open sun.