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Toothwort

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Latin Name-Lathraea Squamaria Hardy Zone- 3-8 Mature Height-.50-.75ft Sun Or Shade- Partial Sun

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Toothwort - Dentaria diphylla

Toothwort, also known as crinkleroot or broad-leaved toothwort, is a perennial plant native to the forests of the eastern United States and Canada. A woodland species, the toothwort thrives in soil that is rich and moist and prefers bright sunlight or dappled shade. However, this hardy plant will also tolerate sandy loams and clay. Growing 8 to 16 inches in height, the toothwort sports coarsely-toothed palmate leaves. The scalloped leaves have prominent white veins, are basal, have a long petiole, and are generally divided into three leaflets. The plant’s springtime flowers rise in loose clusters from the plant base on delicate stems, and blooms typically appear from late March to mid-April. The flowers are white, light pink, or purplish and each has four distinct petals. Used by landscapers to provide attractive groundcover, the toothwort plant emerges in the autumn and boasts its best foliage in winter and spring before going dormant in the summer months. The toothwort spreads using long; tender rhizomes found close to the surface. A member of the mustard family, both toothwort leaves, and roots are edible and can be consumed either raw or cooked. This plant is suitable for gardeners in USDA planting zones 4 to 8, and useful for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Toothwort is a plant that thrives in moist conditions. It is a thick ground cover plant with deep green scalloped leaves that spread quickly throughout spring and into early summer when lovely white or light pink bell-shaped flowers appear; Soon after flowering Toothwort goes dormant, but reemerges later in the year for a second flower-less showing. Toothwort is also an edible plant. Roots and leaves can be eaten raw or lightly cooked, and make a delicious addition to any salad. The sources can also be used to create a tangy relish or horseradish. The nectar of the flowers attracts butterflies and honey bees, which is one of the many reasons horticulturists so love these perennial plants.