Yellow root, shrub yellowroot.
A perennial low shrub that grows to 1½ feet in height, with bright yellow wood. It bears a cluster of compound leaves, each with 5 lanceolate to broadly ovate, toothed, incised, or parted leaflets. Produces small brown-purple flowers on thin spikes.
April to May.
Damp woods, thickets, and stream banks.
Roots in fall.
The roots are reputed to be valuable for making a bitter tonic and as a treatment for dyspepsia.