Galax (Galax urceolata), also known as wandflower or beetleweed, is a slow-growing conifer native to the United States.
It is a genus of perennials found primarily in the deep or temperate shade of Appalachian forests. The genus is monotypic, with only one species, Galax urceolata.
When this plant grows under deciduous trees, the glossy, cordate leaves turn deep maroon or greenish-red in the winter sun and turn light green again with the onset of spring.
Small pinnate white flowers, arranged in a narrow raceme on a bare stem, rise above the foliage in early summer or late spring.
The flower stems are 8 to 15 inches tall. It is grown as a shade-tolerant groundcover and is often found in its range in oak pine, hickory oak, and northern and mixed deciduous forests.