Photographer: Merel R. Black
Hydrastis canadensis L.
Hydrastis: Greek hydro for "water"
canadensis: of or referring to Canada
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 6"-20" tall forb; stems hairy; rhizomes yellow inside|
|Flower: ||white, 7 or more-parted, 3 petal-like sepals falling off when the flower opens, no petals; stamens and pistils numerous forming a ball-like, solitary, terminal flower; blooms May|
|Fruit:||red, 1-2 seeded berries in a rounded cluster|
|Leaf:||usually 1 basal and 2 alternate leaves on the stem near the top, widely heart-shaped with 5 toothed lobes and indented, palmate veins|
|Habitat: ||shade; moderate moisture; woods; in rich soil|