Etymology: Sanicula: diminutive of the Latin word sanare meaning "to heal"
Plants: erect, biennial, to 4 1/2' tall forb; fibrous roots
Leaves: 3-parted into palm-like shape; leaflets coarsely double-toothed and often deeply lobed; stalks getting shorter toward top
Flowers: white, 5-parted, sepals longer than the petals; inflorescence an irregular, compound umbel with 2-7 flowers per umbellet, female flowers stalkless; blooms June-July
Fruits: oblong, dry with hooked bristles, splitting into 2 seeds
Habitat: shade; woods
Conservation Status: Native