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Galax urceolata

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Flower of Galax urceolata (beetleweed)
  • Flower of Galax urceolata (beetleweed)
  • Flower of Galax urceolata (beetleweed)
  • Flower of Galax urceolata (beetleweed)

Galax urceolata

Also known as:

beetleweed

,

coltsfoot

,

galax

,

wand flower

Plant types and subtypes:
Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand

Height: 6"-18"

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, bronze

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Native Range: AL, GA, KY, MA, NC, NY, OH, SC, TN, VA, WV

Additional Tags: colonizing, evergreen, fall interest, medicinal, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant

Description

An evergreen, perennial groundcover with round, leathery, slightly serrated, dark green leaves which will develop bronze hues in winter. Although more often grown for its foliage, the beetleweed will produce an 18\" inches tall

Cultivation

Native to the Appalachians, Galax urceolata forms an attractive, shade loving groundcover that will slowly colonize by means of its rhizomes. It is intolerant of hot dry summers, as well as alkaline soils. Filtered, winter sunlight will encourage the foliage to produce lovely hues ranging from red and maroon to bronze. Blooms May, June. Zones 6-8

Propagation

Propagate by root division of mature plants in spring, softwood cuttings in summer, or by fresh seeds a s soon as they ripen.

Additional Notes

Beetleweed has been used in herbal remedies to treat kidney ailments. The leaves are very popular for floral arrangements and are, unfortunately, often collected in the wild. Leaves are also a popular deer snack.

Plant size: This species may be available in one or more of the following sizes, and sold by one or more nurseries. View Pricing & Availability

2" X 5" Tree Band Pot

Quart-size Pot

Often referred to as 4” pots, this is the ideal size for instant gratification. Whether you are interested in growing a specimen, or creating a small grouping, plants will be quick to establish and put on a show.

Galax urceolata

Also known as:

beetleweed

,

coltsfoot

,

galax

,

wand flower

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, GA, KY, MA, NC, NY, OH, SC, TN, VA, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Diapensiales
Family Diapensiaceae Diapensia family
Genus Galax galax
Species Galax urceolata beetleweed

Galax urceolata

Also known as:

beetleweed

,

coltsfoot

,

galax

,

wand flower

Plant size: This species may be available in one or more of the following sizes, and sold by one or more nurseries. View Pricing & Availability

2" X 5" Tree Band Pot

Quart-size Pot

Often referred to as 4” pots, this is the ideal size for instant gratification. Whether you are interested in growing a specimen, or creating a small grouping, plants will be quick to establish and put on a show.