A common and graceful species growing in woods and thickets in company with the Wild Spikenard, and frequently confused with it. The upper part of the slender, leafy, unbranched stalk is often angular and curved. It rises from eight inches to three feet in height. The toothless, oval, pointed or lance-shaped leaves are alternately on the stalk, and are smooth above and paler and hairy beneath. The white or yellowish-green, bell-shaped flowers are usually arranged in pairs, and droop and nod beneath the leaves on fine stems springing from the leaf axils. The tubular flower is six lobed at the opening, but is not spreading, and has six stamens and a pistil. The berry is round, pulpy, and blue-black in colour. The horizontal rootstock is thick and jointed. This plant was formerly employed in healing bruises, particularly those about the eyes, and for wounds and skin eruptions. It was also highly esteemed as a cosmetic. The berries are said to be poisonous. The species blossoms from April to July in woods and thickets, from New Brunswick to Michigan, and south to Florida and West Virginia.