Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, rich
Bloom Time: March, April, May, June
Bloom Color: crimson, bronze, brown
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7
Additional Tags: clumping, evergreen, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rare, shade garden plant, winter interest, woodland plant
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Hexastylis contractaAlso known as:
Hexastylis Contracta has heart-shaped stiff leaves. These are diminutive evergreen beauties. It is similar in most ways to H. Virginica, except that the leaves lack the varrigation. The flowers are unusual, but rest on the ground and are difficult to see. They are reddish-brown spotted jugs.
An unusual and attractive plant for a shade or woodland garden. It does best in moist, rich soil, and filtered light. It is tolerant of dry conditions and will do well in a shaded rock garden. It can be used most effectively in groups, and should be place where it is easily viewable and does not try to compete with taller perennials or ground covers. Blooms from early spring to early summer: March to June. Zones 6-7
Propagate by division or root cuttings in early spring or fall.
Hexastylis contracta is a very rare and endangered species. There are only 2 disjunct populations recorded, and only in a handful of counties. One is in the Cumberland Plateau of central Tennessee and Kentucky, the other is in the southeastern Blue Ridge Province of western North Carolina.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
KY, NC, TN
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: KY, NC
- Special Concern: TN
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