Description: Small white flowers resembling those of bloodroot appear on stems in early spring before the leaves expand. Unusual lidded seedpods mature in early summer.
Habit: Grows to 10 inches high and 12 inches wide. Plants often go completely dormant in summer.
Culture: Prefers shade and woodsy, moderately moist soils
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zones 5 through 8
Origin: North America
Attributes: Curious fruit
This rare and desirable native woodland perennial was named to honor Thomas Jefferson in 1792 by the “Father of American Botany,” Benjamin Smith Barton. Jefferson grew the plant at Monticello in one of the oval flowerbeds in 1807. The attractive flowers last only a few days, often appearing about the time of Jefferson’s April 13th birthday. Twinleaf is well worth growing for its lush green foliage, which makes a beautiful groundcover for a shaded site. It is easy to grow, but is very slow to propagate and takes 5 to 8 years to bloom from seed. These are nursery-propagated plants.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1 zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.