Etymology: Dicentra: from the Greek dis, "twice," and centron, "spur," meaning "twice-spurred," in reference to the flower shape
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb; rhizomes covered with white, tear-shaped bulblets
Leaves: all basal, often with 2 from the same spot, yellow-green, not smooth, several times pinnately-divided, long-stalked, widely-triangular in outline
Flowers: white to yellowish, 4-parted, 5/8" long, both petals spurred, spur heart-to-triangular shaped; inflorescence a terminal cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms April-May
Habitat: deciduous woods, clearings; in rich soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"