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.
To 10 inches