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Crinkleroot Cardamine diphylla (Dentaria diphylla)


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Alternate name: Two-leaf Toothwort

Family: Brassicaceae, Mustard view all from this family

Description An upright, 8-16 in. perennial with paired leaves, each dissected so deeply as to appear compound. The leaves are palmately cut into 3-5 sections. The basal leaves, when present, arise from a rhizome. A loose cluster of white or light pink, four-petaled blossoms occurs at the end of a stem rising above the leaves.

Flower March - June

Flower March - June

Habitat Rich, wooded slopes; alluvial woods.

Range Nova Scotia to s. Ontario and Wisconsin, south to South Carolina and Mississippi.

Discussion This plant grows in woods but does not tolerate the deep shade cast by evergreen trees.

Comments A light, leafy wintercover is desireable. This plant does not tolerate the deep shade cast by evergreen trees.

Exposure Preference Shade to partial shade.

Native Distribution Nova Scotia to s. Ontario & Wisconsin, s. to South Carolina & Mississippi

Site Preference Rich, wooded slopes; alluvial woods

Soil Preference Humus-rich, acid soil. pH 5-6.