The form of the pistil of the False Mitrewort is responsible for its Latin name, meaning a little tiara or turban. The slender, hairy flowering stalk rises from six to twelve inches high from the rootstock or runners, as do the long-stemmed and often mottled leaves. The latter are broadly heart-shaped at the base and are unevenly and sharply lobed and toothed. They are sparingly hairy above, and downy on the veinings beneath. The five clawed, white, pointed-oblong petals are supported with a white bell-shaped calyx, and the ten long, slender, orange-tipped stamens project and give the flower a soft, fuzzy appearance. The flowers are loosely clustered in terminal, feathery and graceful spires. The Coolwort grows in dense masses and in the late summer the foliage becomes discoloured and brown. It is found in bloom during April and May in rich, moist, rocky woods from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Minnesota, and south in the mountain districts to Georgia, Indiana and Michigan.