A perennial plant with 2 heart shaped leaves. Blooms usually in May are maroon in color, the flower cup is formed by 3 long pointed sepals and grows from between the two leaves. The two leaves are usually 3-7 inches broad, dark green above and a lighter green below, when crushed they emit a spicy fragrance. The fuzzy stems or stalks are 4-11 inches long. Habitat: Grows all across southern Canada to the northern united states down into California and Nevada and into Tennessee and North Carolina in the East. They can be found along shady banks of a stream or moist forest floor. Culinary Uses: seasoning. The long horizontal rootstocks make an excellent candy when boiled until tender and then simmered in a rich sugar syrup. Medicinal uses: Relieves gas, promotes sweating; expectorant; used for fevers, colds, flu, sore throats. Also good for motion sickness. American Indians highly valued root tea for indigestion, coughs, heart conditions, "female ailments," throat ailments, nervous conditions, and cramps.