Family, Dogwood. Color, greenish white, sometimes purple-tipped. Leaves, nearly sessile, 4 or 6 in a whorl, lying close under the flower, ovate, pointed, with curved, parallel veins. Below on the stem are a few smaller, scale-like leaves. The flowers are clustered in the center, small, greenish, with black dots among them. Calyx, minutely 4-toothed. Corolla, of 4 oblong, spreading petals. Stamens, 4, with white anthers. Pistil, 1. Directly under the head of flowers are 4 large, pointed, white, petal-like leaves, an involucre, which appear to be the flower itself. Later the flower-stalk lengthens and bears a bunch of bright red berries, very striking and pretty. June.
This small imitation of the larger flowering dogwood blossom (C. florida) is only 5 to 7 inches high. It is not uncommon in deep woods in New Jersey and New York, westward to Minnesota. Whether in blossom or in fruit, it is a pretty plant to find and study.