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Sanicula canadensis (Canadian blacksnakeroot)
Smith, R.W.

Sanicula canadensis

Sanicula canadensis L.

Canadian blacksnakeroot, Black Snakeroot

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)


USDA Symbol: SACA15

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Inconspicuous, greenish flowers in small, uneven compound umbels on stalks of unequal length.

The genus name of this widely distributed species, derived from the Latin sanare (to heal), refers to its once-reputed medicinal powers. Several closely related species are distinguished only by minor technical characteristics.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Native Distribution: Ontario and Quebec south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to South Dakota and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Dry open woods.

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Sanicula canadensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sanicula canadensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-07-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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