* Flowers small, greenish-white, in ball-like cluster.
* Leaves large, compound,
with 5 leaflets divided into 3 sections.
* Fruit a purplish-black berry.
* Flowers in June and July.
* Habitat: Open, deciduous woods at low elevations.
* Range: Northern Canada to northeastern United States.
* Nearly every part of the sarsaparilla plant has been used by humans.
The aromatic roots were once used in a drink called sarsaparilla, which
has developed into good old root beer. Young plant shoots were used
as herbs, and the berries were made into jelly.