Root. - Dark red. Stem. - Shrubby, one to three feet high. Flowers. - ■ White, small, clustered. Calyx. - White, petal-like, five-lobed, incurved. Corolla. - With five long-clawed hooded petals. Stamens. - Five. Pistil. - One, with three stigmas.

This shrubby plant is very common in dry woods. In July its white feathery flower-clusters brighten many a shady nook in an otherwise flowerless neighborhood. During the Revolution its leaves were used as a substitute for tea.