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Hexastylis virginica

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 3"-6"

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June

Bloom Color: crimson, bronze, brown

Leaf Color: green, bronze, white, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

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

Hexastylis virginica (Virginia heartleaf)
  • Hexastylis virginica (Virginia heartleaf)

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Hexastylis virginica

Also known as:

Virginia heartleaf


little brownjug

Scientific Synonyms:

Asarum memmingeri, Asarum virginicum, Hexastylis memmingeri


Hexastylis virginica has heart-shaped stiff leaves. These are diminutive evergreen beauties. They are mottled, withe colors ranging from dark-green, to purple and bronze, with white or silvery veins. The flowers are unusual, but rest on the ground and are difficult to see. They are reddish- brown spotted jugs, hence the common name "little brownjug".


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 groundcovers. Blooms from early spring to early summer: March to June. Zones 6-8


Propagate by division, or root cuttings.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD
  • Special Concern: TN


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 virginica Virginia heartleaf