Because the long, creeping, aromatic roots of this plant are very fragrant, they are extensively gathered and sold as a substitute for the genuine article, and so this species has received its common name of Wild Sarsaparilla. Rabbits are said to be very fond of the root, and on this account it has been called Rabbit-foot. It has long been a popular remedy both among the Indians and in domestic practice. The leaf is borne on a single, slender stalk that rises a foot or so in height. It is triply compounded and each part has from three to five pointed-oval parts that are rounded or narrowed at the base and have finely toothed margins. They are gracefully balanced on their three short stems which are set on the top of the leaf stalks. The shorter flower stalk bears several forks, and on the tip of each is set a circular, flat-topped cluster of very small, greenish-white flowers. The five petals of the latter are turned back against the calyx, and expose five stamens. The flowers are succeeded with clusters of shining, globular, purplish black fruit. The young leaves are dark and bronzy. Wild Sarsaparilla is found in rich, shady, and moist, rocky woods, during May and June, from Newfoundland to Georgia, Colorado, and Idaho.