The slender, branching, angular stem of the common White Avens grows about eighteen inches high in moist, shady places and blossoms from June to August. The large, tufted, long-stemmed, basal leaves have from three to five unequal divisions or are lobed. The upper leaves are long, oval affairs, arranged singly or in threes, and are usually stemless. They are all roughly textured, and both stem and leaves are coarse and hairy. The five-petalled white flower is insignificant, and the yellow-tipped stamens surround the central cluster of green pistils. They occur on terminal foot stems, and the large, five-parted, white-edged, green calyx alternates with the widely separated petals. The seed ripens in burr-like clusters, with long, hooked tips that play havoc with one's clothing, to which they adhere with an especial delight. This plant ranges from Canada to Georgia and Missouri.