Yellowroot | Appalachian Cove (S.C.) | NatureScene


Xanthorhiza simplicissima
• Small branched shrub that usually grows in colonies
• Underground stem
• Roots and inner bark of stem are yellow
• Roots produce a strong odor and taste bitter
• Opposite, lobed leaves with saw-toothed edges are deciduous
• Produces tiny flowers
• Fruit is small, dry, one-seeded pod that grows in drooping cluster
• Lives on shady streambanks and damp woods at low elevations

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