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Trautvetteria caroliniensis

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 2'-5'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: bog plant, clumping, colonizing, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, woodland plant

Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Carolina bugbane)
  • Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Carolina bugbane)
  • Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Carolina bugbane)
  • Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Carolina bugbane)
  • Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Carolina bugbane)

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Description

Trautvetteria caroliniensis

Also known as:

Carolina bugbane

,

Carolina tassel-rue

,

tassel-rue

,

false bugbane

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Trautvetteria caroliniensis is a woodland wildflower with stunning 12" across, deeply lobed and deeply serrated green leaves. When colonized, these will create an impressive visual ground cover. The stems are terminally divided, up to 4' tall and bear clusters of white, fragrant flowers. They do not have petals, but their dense, extended white stamens form showy, white orbs.

Cultivation

Carolina bugbane is easy to grow in moist to wet, acidic soil, in part to full shade. It will tolerate some sun, so long as the plant's base is protected by a good layer of mulch to retain adequate moisture. It is commonly found growing around bogs and stream margins, and occasionally in wet, rocky crags. It spreads readily by seed, as well as by rhizomes, to form dense colonies. Trautvetteria caroliniensis is an excellent choice for a shade garden, pond margin, or consistently moist low spot in the garden. Blooms in June to August. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate by division or from seed.

Additional Notes

Trautvetteria caroliniensis is the only species of the genus. It is rarely grown commercially, yet it is worthy of more widespread use.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, MS, MT, NC, NM, OR, PA, SC, TN, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Extirpated: IN
  • Rare: PA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Trautvetteria bugbane
Species Trautvetteria caroliniensis Carolina bugbane