Ontario Wildflowers website

Coptis trifolia
(formerly Coptis groenlandica)

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia) Other common names: Canker-root

Other scientific names: Coptis groenlandica, Anemone groenlandica, Helleborus trifolius

French names: Coptide trifoliolée

Family: Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Flowers: Spring;  White;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Compound, Toothed

Height: Up to 7 cm (3 in)

Habitat: Wet Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 184   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: trifolia: three-leaved

Photographs: 115 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

Goldthread flowers.

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

Goldthread is one of the beautiful early spring wildflowers. This picture was taken in mid-May.

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

Closeup of a flower.

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

Nice patch of Goldthread on moss.

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

Goldthread leaves.

Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

Goldthread grows in swampy conditions.

Range map for Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)