Brasicaceae, the mustard family.
Plant: A single stem with a cluster of white to pink four-petaled flowers above a whorl of three deeply cut leaves, 8"-16" high. Growing in groups from toothed rhizomes. Perennial.
Flowers: White to pink, about 3/4", with four elongated petals arranged as a cross, in a loose terminal cluster a raceme).
Leaves: Deeply cleft into several toothed lobes, arranged in a whorl of three below the single terminal cluster of flowers.
Habitat: Lowland wooded areas.
This is one of the earliest flowers to appear in the spring.
The name toothwort refers to the toothed appearance of the underground rhizomes.
A couple other species occur in our area, most easily distinguished by
This species is also known as dentaria laciniata, which
appears to be an older name.
Where to find it:
Appears in abundance in early spring in the wooded area of the park.
The most common woodland flower by far.