Toothwort is an upright perennial that reaches heights of 8 to 16 inches (20-40 cm). Toothwort’s distinctive palmate leaves are deeply cut and coarsely toothed. Bees, butterflies and other important pollinators are drawn to the clusters of delicate, white or pale pink flowers that rise on slender stems in springtime. This plant emerges in autumn and adds beauty to the landscape until it goes dormant in early summer. Although the plant spreads by underground rhizomes, it is well behaved and not aggressive. Traditionally, the roots of toothwort plants have been used to treat nervousness, menstrual difficulties and heart ailments.