(Maryland Black Snakeroot)
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Facts About this Plant:
- Common Names: Maryland Black Snakeroot, Maryland Sanicle
- Lifespan: Perennial
- Zones: 3 - 8
- Type: Forb
- Bloom Time: June - July
- Status: Native
Sanicula marilandica, or Maryland Black Snakeroot, is native to much of the United States, except the far Southwest and the South-central US, though it is present in the Rocky Mountain states. It is a perennial, that grows on woodland edges, in thickets, prairies and fields. It blooms in mid summer with white flowers that have styles and stamens that stick out prominently.
There are several species of Sanicula in the United States, and many look very similar. Our focus here for now will be on the four main species that are most widespread in the US:
Sanicula canadensis: this species has small white flowers with no styles or stamens that stick out from it; its leaves are arranged in threes
Sanicula marilandica: this species has white flowers, with styles and stamens that stick out prominently; its leaves are arranged in sets of 5 to 7
Sanicula odorata: this species has distinctly yellowish flowers, also with styles and stamens that stick out prominently; its leaves are arranged in sets of 3 to 5
Sanicula trifoliata: this species has small white flowers, and leaves arranged in threes, but the male flowers stick out prominently on conspicuous stalks
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