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Galax urceolata

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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: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, evergreen, fall interest, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

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

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Galax urceolata

Also known as:





wand flower

Scientific Synonyms:

Galax aphylla


Galax urceolata is an attractive evergreen perennial with glossy, round to heart-shaped, finely-serrated leaves that can be up to 3” across. It is low-growing and forms dense clusters that can be an effective woodland ground cover. The foliage is deep green during the growing season, turning to shades of copper, bronze and purple during the winter months, with the most vibrant hues developing where it is exposed to more sunlight. Wand-like, white flower clusters (racemes) emerge late spring to early summer, on unbranched stems that may grow up to 20” tall.


Beetleweed, also known as wand flower, prefers the cool, moist, shaded woodlands of the Appalachian uplands and mountains that encompass its native range. It will tolerate somewhat dry summer conditions, without additional watering, if planted under a northern exposure. It has a fibrous and rhizomatous root system, but spreads rather slowly, and maintains a dense clumping habit. Keeping the plants well-mulched will help retain adequate soil moisture levels and acidity until they’re well established. Galax urceolata is a good companion plant for many species of ferns and sedges also found in growing along mountain laurels and rhododendrons in the understory of Appalachian woodlands. Zones 5-8


Propagate by root division of mature plants in early spring or fall. Fresh seeds should be sown as soon as they ripen.

Additional Notes

Galax urceolata is a monotypic species, meaning it is the only plant belonging to the genus. Although few people are aware of this species, and it is rarely grown commercially or sold, its leaves have been very popular for use in flower arrangements and wreaths. They are attractive, and importantly, will remain so for weeks after being cut. Unfortunately, this has lead to wide scale poaching in some areas and a decline of wild populations.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


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