Missouri Wildflower Guide

The toothwort, with its white, four-petaled flowers, variegates, along with the spring-beauty, the floor of the forest under the bourgeoning beeches


From "Nature-Notes and Impressions" by Madison Cawein









This spring-blooming wildflower grows profusely throughout my woods.


Its pretty, four-petaled, white flowers hang in a cluster held at the top of the plant, above the leaves. Sometimes on cloudy days, the flowers don't open fully.


The leaves, in a whorl of three, are deeply lobed in five sections, with pronounced teeth along the edges.


Toothwort may have been named for its use as a toothache remedy, or for the shape of its root.


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    To 10 inches