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Hexastylis shuttleworthii

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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

Height: 4"-6"

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: brown

Leaf Color: green, white, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7

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

Foliage of Hexastylis shuttleworthii (largeflower heartleaf)
  • Foliage of Hexastylis shuttleworthii (largeflower heartleaf)
  • Hexastylis shuttleworthii (largeflower heartleaf)
  • Hexastylis shuttleworthii (largeflower heartleaf)
  • Foliage of Hexastylis shuttleworthii (largeflower heartleaf)

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Hexastylis shuttleworthii

Also known as:

largeflower heartleaf




little brown jug


shuttleworth's ginger


Harper heartleaf

Scientific Synonyms:


Hexastylis shuttleworthii is a low growing evergreen plant with very attractive, green, white-veined, leathery leaves that strongly resemble those of the common, florist cyclamen. The tubular, trumpet-like brown flowers may be dotted with white. They appear buried below the foliage and are therefore visually inconsequential.


A woodland plant native to the southern Appalachian range, the largeflower heartleaf enjoys rich, moist, acidic soil. Dappled sunlight will produce better leaf variegation. It is a slow grower but under ideal conditions, it will grow into large clumps and may be used as an effective evergreen ground cover for shade. Blooms in May. Zones 6-7


Slow to establish, mature clumps may be divided in spring or fall.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Unusual: GA


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Aristolochiales
Family Aristolochiaceae Birthwort family
Genus Hexastylis heartleaf
Species Hexastylis shuttleworthii largeflower heartleaf