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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toothwort

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.

 

  • Bloom Time

    Mar-May

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 10 inches