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Gillenia (Porteranthus) trifoliata

Bowman's Root

Bowman's Root is covered with delicate floating masses of white flowers from May to July. Gillenia flowers appear almost "Gaura-like" except it can be grown in part shade.  As the flowers fade, bright red calyxes remain pairing nicely with the delicate red stems.  The new foliage emerges in bronzy tones turning to green throughout the summer. Although it is happiest in cool moist sites, it tolerates dryer conditions when established. In sunnier locations the fall color can be spectacular maroon red.  A underused native plant that deserves more attention.  The name debate continues, with some voting for "Porteranthus trifoliatus". 

Height

36 Inches

Spread

36 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone

4
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
9 Gillenia (Porteranthus) trifoliata #1 (NATIVE-white) 500 late May
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Fall Color - Attractive
Native
Native - Straight Species
Rain Garden Plants
Soil Conditions
Average
Moist
Sandy
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Foliage Color
Green
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