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|Habitat:||part shade; rich moist woods, stream banks|
|Bloom season:||April - May|
|Plant height:||8 to 16 inches|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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A single raceme at the top of the plant, usually floppy but flowers may become erect in sunnier locations. Individual flowers are ½ to ¾ inch across when fully open, have 4 white to pale pinkish petals and 6 yellow stamens. The 4 sepals at the base of the flower are green to purplish and paler around the edges.
All plants have basal leaves; flowering plants also have a single whorl of 3 leaves on the upper stem. Basal and stem leaves are similar, to 3 inches long and wide, palmately lobed, divided nearly to the base of the leaf into 3 to 5 main parts. Lobes are generally elliptical, coarsely toothed with large rounded teeth or additional small lobes and long leaf stems. Leaves are hairless but the main stem may be hairy in the upper part. Basal leaves are separated from the flowering stem.
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Photos by K. Chayka and Peter M. Dziuk, taken at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Additional photos by Peter M. Dziuk taken in the woods at Chominix Golf Course, Lino Lakes
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