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Wet meadows, swamps and bogs. Also in calcareous springy places.
ME west to MN, south VA to MO.
Herbaceous perennial to 1 m. Leaves all basal, entire to glandular denticulate or remotely serrulate, sparsely hairy. Flowers numerous in a paniculate inflorescence on a long scape; petals greenish-white to purple, 2-3 mm, with 1 or 3 nerves; sepals reflexed at anthesis.
Flowers May to June
Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland
The leaves of this species are reputedly edible.
Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
Peterson, L. A. 1977. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America
Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, NY
Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.
Michael Hough © 2005