[Mitella diphylla f. oppositifolia L., more]
Etymology: Mitella: Greek mitra, diminutive meaning of "little caps" probably for the shape of the seed capsule or flower
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb
Leaves: basal leaves long-stalked, roundish with a heart-shaped base and 3-5 lobes; 1 pair of opposite, mostly stalkless, usually 3-lobed leaves on the stem
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/5" wide, fringed petals resemble a snowflake; inflorescence a 2"-6" tall cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-June
Habitat: full to partial sun; moderate moisture to dry; woods, forests, cliffs, streambanks; in sandy, loamy, rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FACU+ USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"