To illustrate: Seneca snakeroot — habitat and range — rocky woods and hillsides are its favorite haunts.
Seneca snakeroot belongs to the milkwort family (Polygalaceae).
Seneca snakeroot is often much adulterated with the roots of other species of Polygala and of other plants.
Seneca snakeroot Sen·e·ca snakeroot (sěn'ĭ-kə)
An eastern North American plant having a terminal cluster of small white flowers and roots that are used medicinally.