Yellow Root
Xanthorhiza simplicissima marsh. (Ranunculaceae)

Common Names
Yellow root, shrub yellowroot.

A perennial low shrub that grows to 1 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.

Flowering Period
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.

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