Etymology: Sanicula: diminutive of the Latin word sanare meaning "to heal"
Plants: erect, biennial, to 4 1/2' tall forb; slender, fibrous roots
Leaves: 3-5 parted into palm-like shape; stalks getting shorter toward the top
Flowers: white, 5-parted, sepals longer than the petals; inflorescence an irregular, compound umbel with 2-7 flowers per umbellet, female flowers stalked; blooms June-July
Fruits: rounded, dry, stalked, hooked bristles almost as long as the sepals, splitting into 2 seeds- fruit: seed:
Habitat: shade; woods
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, 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. 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"