Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: white, pink
Leaf Color: green, bronze
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: cut flowers, drought tolerant, fall interest, medicinal, shade garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Gillenia trifoliataAlso known as:
Gillenia trifoliata is a clump forming plant with reddish stems. The attractive slender, stalkless green leaflets are tinted with red and bronze. It produces large amounts of delicate, star-shaped, whitish-pink flowers at the ends of slender, divided red stems. Mature plants develop a bushy appearance without feeling heavy, due to their fine features. Attractive red calyxes develop from the spent flowers and remain well through fall.
Established Gillenias are quite drought resistant. Preferring acidic soil, they are tolerant of some lime. When planted in a sunnier location, they will adopt a more compact habit and produce more flowers. The plants should be cut back in winter or early spring before new growth appears. They have long bloom times starting as early as April and going as late as July. Zones 5-8
Propagate by division of root crown or from seed, in spring or fall.
May be used in cut flower arrangements. A powder made from dried roots of this plant has been used as a laxative and emetic. Other parts of the plant have been used to treat respiratory ailments.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DC, DE, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: MI
|Species||Gillenia trifoliata||Bowman's root|