Sub-category: Barberry family
An herbaceous perennial plant. The leaves and flowers of this plant are smooth and emerge directly from the rhizome at base of the plant. Jeffersonia has showy white flowers with eight petals; the flower resembles Bloodroot. The fruit is a green pear-shaped capsule with a hinged top. The characteristic leaves are large and nearly divided in half, giving rise to its common name, twinleaf. Plants in this genus rarely grow taller than 12 inches (30 cm).
Found in limestone soils of rich deciduous forests. The short-lived flower appears in April or May, before the forest canopy appears (see spring emphemeral).