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Gillenia trifoliata

Also called Indian Physic, Fawn's Breath, American Ipecac


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Gillenia trifoliata - Bowman's Root

More About Gillenia trifoliata

  • AKA Porteranthus trifoliatus
  • Dainty, star-shaped, white flowers with red petioles
  • Attractive, red cups(calyces) remain long after the petals have fallen
  • Flowers are held on deep red stems
  • Sharply serrated, deep green leaves turn deep bronze-red in autumn
  • Airy, open, growth habit; excellent when massed
  • Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
  • Flower Height: 100 cm
  • Foliage Height: 65 cm

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Zone:

4

Height:

65-100 cm

Spread:

80-90 cm

Colour:

White

Bowman's Root Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in a moist to average, well-drained soil, however, it will tolerate both wet and dry conditions once established. Needs full sun in the morning and dappled shade in the afternoon. When grown in too much shade or rich soils gillenia may become leggy. 

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Gillenia trifoliata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Seed
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Rounded
Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge