BLACK SNAKEROOT (Sanicula marilandica)
Sometimes it’s the things that aren’t look-at-me spectacular that are the most intriguing. These are the things that bring you to your knees, that draw you closer to the prairie to learn more of her secrets. Black snakeroot is one of these things, with its small, perfectly spherical clusters of greenish white flowers topping each plant. The paired seeds are covered in hooked bristles that quietly attach to fur and clothing as a means of dispersal. Leaves are palmately divided with 5 -7 leaflets.
Flower Colour: greenish white
Life Cycle: perennial
Sun Exposure: part shade to shade
Bloom Period: June – July
Height: 1 – 4 ft.