Part of barberry  family Berberidaceae.

Native to southeast 🇨🇦 Canada and eastern 🇺🇸 USA.   🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  On a list as having most parts of the plant cause diarrhea and severe digestive upset.

Only visible early in the growing season, in a forest, with one or two large ╤ horizontal lobed leaves, knee- to boot-top-high.   If the plant has two leaves, it may then have a single white blossom (pointed down) or green (later yellow) fruit, hidden under the leaves.  Plants always seems to grow in a group, apparently a clonal colony.

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