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 forb with an anise odor; thickened roots
Leaves: toothed or lobed, 2 times pinnately-divided; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Flowers: white, 5-parted, styles mostly straight, longer than the petals; inflorescence a compound umbel, with 3-6 stalked, few-flowered, bracted umbellets from the top and sides of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruits: dry, slightly curved sides, splitting into 2 seeds
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FACU- 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. 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"