A white-flowered form of the wetland-loving Purple Avens. Flowers are showy and bell-shaped, emerging on slender stalks above the plant from May-August. The flowers turn upright and form spiky, ornamental seed balls when pollinated. Leaves and stems are slightly fuzzy and form a dense, bright-green bunch along the ground, spreading by rhizomes to create vigorous patches in wet areas (they're an excellent, attractive groundcover for borders). Tolerant of soggy soil and occasional flooding, this species tends to prefer slightly acid conditions. Flowers are quite attractive to pollinators, especially bumblebees. Can easily be propagated by division, and deadheading the flowers will encourage additional blooms. Parts of this plant have long been used for a number of purposes: boiled, the rhizomes will supposedly flavor water slightly like chocolate, giving it the common name "chocolate root," but the root has also been dried and used to repel moths, as well as used for creating a variety of traditional medicines.
Native Range: the eastern population ranges from Labrador across QC & ON to s MB, south to n NJ, WV, & n. IL & MN, the western population ranges from around the Rocky Mountains in BC & AB, south through WA, ID, & MT to n NM.
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