Etymology: Osmorhiza: from the Greek osme, "odor," and rhiza, "root," meaning "odorous root," in reference to the fragrance of the crushed root
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, odorless forb, stem and leaves covered with fine, white hairs; roots thickened
Leaves: toothed or lobed, 2 times pinnately-divided; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Flowers: white, 5-parted, straight styles shorter than the petals; inflorescence a 3" compound umbel with 3-6 stalked, few-flowered, bracted umbellets from the top and the sides of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruits: dry, sides nearly straight and parallel, splitting into 2 seeds- fruit: seed:
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = FACU- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"