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Synandra hispidula

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Biennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6

Additional Tags: colonizing, rare, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flowers of Synandra hispidula (Guyandotte beauty)
  • Flowers of Synandra hispidula (Guyandotte beauty)
  • Flowers of Synandra hispidula (Guyandotte beauty)
  • Flowers of Synandra hispidula (Guyandotte beauty)
  • Flowers of Synandra hispidula (Guyandotte beauty)

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Description

Synandra hispidula

Also known as:

Guyandotte beauty

,

Wyandotte beauty

,

hairy synandra

Scientific Synonyms:

Lamium hispidulum

Description

Synandra hispidula is a member of the mint family. It has heart-shaped, fuzzy leaves and produces numerous spikes of large, showy, white flowers with purple-streaked lips. Flowers are up to 1.5" in size and plants are 2' to 3' tall.

Cultivation

If you are looking for a flowering shade plant nobody else has, this is the plant for you. Although this Synandra is a biennial, it self-seeds freely, and can be used as a perennial. Plants will propagate, creating lovely groups and even colonies under ideal conditions. It requires shade or part shade, rich, moist, well-drained soil. It blooms in May and June. Zones 5-6

Propagation

Propagate from seed. Self-seeds readily.

Additional Notes

Synandra hispidula is a rare plant about to be classified as endangered. This is due largely to the destruction of its natural habitat. In some states, the native population is down to a handful of stands in protected forests. It is imperative that wild specimens not be collected!

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, IL, IN, KY, NC, OH, TN, VA, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae Mint family
Genus Synandra synandra
Species Synandra hispidula Guyandotte beauty