New England southward and westward.
Flowers: growing in a raceme on a high scape. Calyx: of four parted sepals. Corolla: of five clawed petals. Stamens: ten; long, with orange-red anthers. Pistil. one, with two styles. Leaves: from the base; cordate; lobed; very mottled. Scape. about a foot high; hairy. The plant is from a rootstock and is reproduced by runners that spread in summer.
A little boy whose sister ran to him with her hands full of the delicate foam-flower that she had gathered in the woods, threw it down in disgust and said: "Sister, it has forgotten its clothes." He missed the leaves that he had been accustomed to seeing on flowers and was indignant at the long, naked stem.