ntion is lost to my memory. It's in the rose family, it is native to eastern North America (but probably not Michigan), and it sports very crisp, attractive foliage and flowers with slim five-petaled white starry petals. I don't recall ever seeing it in another garden. It seeds around lightly, which is how I like things to seed around, and, all that being said, what more could you possibly ask of a garden plant? The 'common' names include Bowman's root, Indian-physic, and American ipecac, none of which mean anything to me.
A friend in Ann Arbor sent this picture to me. It's Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus. It grows to 16-24 inches tall and, as she reports, is much easier to use in a mixed border than the typical store-bought gladiolus. Neither of us recall ever seeing it grown in local gardens.