If you are looking for plants for shade, then Gillenia could be one to consider. This is a rhizomatous perennial that will over time spread to form a good clump. From North America where it grows in a woodland situation.
Only two species in this genus, Gillenia stipulata and Gillenia trifoliata which is also known as Bowman’s root. Excellent plants for the garden border with attractive new shoots in spring. They are also commonly known as ‘Indian Physic’ and ‘American Ipecac’.
Green foliage with dainty white flowers held above in spring this is really a woodland plant and can be grown beneath deciduous trees.
Gillenia are perennial that prefers sun to part shade. Sometimes referred to as bowman’s root or indian physic, Gillenia grows to almost 1m. Also known as Porteranthus. Not that fussy about soil conditions although a little extra moisture in dry summers is required.
Mulch well to maintain a moist soil and a cool root run. Rhizomes can be divided in autumn.
- Position – Dappled shade, however not deep shade.
- Soil – Humus rich moist.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green, palmate and deeply divided.
- Flowers – Small white starry flowers held above the foliage.
- Flowering period – Late spring to summer..
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