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Cut-Leaved Toothwort


Scientific Name     

Cardamine concatenata (Michx.) O. Schwarz

Family Name

Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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habitat

leaves

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flower

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist, rich woods, damp thickets

Plant Height:  

20-40 cm; rhizome 

Flower Color:  

white, possible pinkish

Flower:  

complete; perfect; 2 cm wide; 4 petals; 4 shorter sepals; 6 stamens 

Inflorescence:  

raceme (terminal clusters of single flowers on pedicles)

Fruit:  

narrow, upward-angled silique, many-seeded; tipped with persistent style

Leaves:  

deeply cleft; whorls of 3 above midstem 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

common name refers to the tooth-like projections on the underground stem (rhizome); likes shaded areas; the root has a peppery taste that the Native Americans relished and is still enjoyed by many people today