The form of the young seed-pot of this plant suggested its Latin name, from mitra, a cap. The slender, hairy flowering stalk is quite naked excepting for a pair of nearly stemless opposite leaves halfway up its length. Other leaves are borne singly on long, hairy, slender root stems. They are broad-oval, pointed at the tip and deeply heart-shaped at the base. They have three or five unevenly scalloped or toothed lobes and are rather thin with the ribs and veins showing. The bewitching little flower has its five white petals finely cut and fringed, and immediately suggests the form of a tiny, star-like snow or frost crystal. It has ten protruding yellow stamens and a little white, bell-shaped calyx. The flowers are clustered on short stems in an open, terminal, wand-like spike and are found during April and May in rich, open woods and on moist banks, from Quebec to Minnesota, North Carolina and Missouri.