Saturday, April 3, 2010


toothwort (Dentaria diphylla)
Another  native spring ephemeral Dentaria diphylla is blooming at Habitat Home. This woodland plant was found not far from the bloodroot plants in the previous post. The roots of this plant have tooth shaped projections hence the common name, toothwort. A less common name is pepperroot because, as you might guess from that name, the root has a peppery taste. The flowers are very delicate, early blooming and the leaves have a fine texture. These attributes make this plant a great addition to a native woodland garden.

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