Yellow root - Xanthorhiza simplicissima
Yellow root is a stunning plant and an excellent choice to have in your garden. Its leaves give it a nice contrast to other plants because of its lighter green color. Did you know that this cute plant is not only eye-catching, but scientifically it is the only member of its genus, and one of the few woody members of the buttercup family. This shrubby plant that's roughly 1 to 3 or so feet high has a compound and slightly, thin slender-stemmed leaves that are 5 to 6 inches long and are widely clustered at the summit of its short stem. The hardy planting zones it can be planted in are between zone 4 to zone 9. The leaves usually have five leaflets that are approximately 5 inches long by the time it's fully grown. The only real soil requirement that it needs is to have a very well-drained soil when planting it. The yellow root plant has from between one and a few purplish-brown flowers that have fully developed by the time springtime comes around. Some characteristics of this plant are its distinctly bold yellow color, having a sharp, pungent taste to its bark, and it's bitter tasting roots. Its growth rate is pretty good ranging from between medium to fast. Its uses in landscaping are its ground covering habit that the yellow roots spread widely, and it produces above-ground growth that is dense enough to function as a groundcover. This plant is very delightful to look at to both birds and humans because of its pretty colors that draw a lot of attention. The yellow root plant was used by the Indians and is said to have many uses such as a cure for fever, stomach problems, and sour throat or a cough. It also helps to boost your immune system. All in all, this is a beautiful plant, not only because of its healing capabilities but also because of the definite way it will brighten your garden with its yellow springtime color.