Yellowroot, Shrub yellowroot
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
A mat-like, spreading shrub
with erect, leggy stems to 3 ft. The bark
and long roots are deep-yellow and bitter. Attractive foliage is once- or twice-pinnate, glossy and green, turning yellow to reddish-purple in fall. Many tan-colored leaves persist into winter. The small, star-shaped, purplish-brown flowers are in crowded, terminal clusters. Fruit
is a dry, yellowish follicle.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WV Native Distribution: PA
& c. WV,
s. to FL
& LA; naturalized elsewhere Native Habitat:
Damp woods; wet depressions; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Sands, gravels or silts.
Conditions Comments: Makes a desirable ground cover for moist sites. Brittle stems may suffer with heavy ice glaze. Freely suckers from the roots.