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Mitella diphylla

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 6"-18"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: shade garden plant, woodland plant

Mitella diphylla (miterwort)
  • Mitella diphylla (miterwort)
  • Mitella diphylla (miterwort)
  • Mitella diphylla (miterwort)
  • Mitella diphylla (miterwort)

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Description

Mitella diphylla

Also known as:

twoleaf miterwort

,

miterwort

,

bishop's cap

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Mitella diphylla is a woodland wildflower that rises on slender stems to 18" high with a pair of opposite leaves near the middle. The delicate raceme is adorned with small, white, 5-petaled flowers that look like exquisite snowflakes.

Cultivation

Native to eastern North America up to Quebec, the delicate nature of this plant makes it well suited sprinkled among the sparse undergrowth of a woodland or shade garden. Miterwort must be kept moist and shaded. It blooms in spring from April through June. Zones 3-6

Propagation

Divide by root division in late winter or early spring. Slow to mature from seed.

Additional Notes

The flowers of the mitewort are so unique, they make this species worth collecting for any gardener who's into "show and tell".

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Saxifragaceae Saxifrage family
Genus Mitella miterwort
Species Mitella diphylla twoleaf miterwort