Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich, average
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: red, crimson, purple
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: berries, edible, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Triosteum aurantiacumAlso known as:
Triosteum aurantiacum is a handsome, large plant with several stems of alternating, paired, ovate leaves. Purplish red flowers are nestled where the leaves join the stem. It also goes by the common name wild coffee, a reference to the attractive orange berries that resemble coffee beans.
Particularly attractive in spring, orangefruit horse-gentian will grow in just about any situation where you can give it decent, well-drained soil. Blooms May to June. Zones 3-7
Propagate from seed. Warning: seeds may take up to 4 years to germinate!
The genus name Triosteum, is a reference the fruit which contain 3 nutlets. They are held so tightly together as to appear to be one single seed. The beans are known to have been roasted at times, as a coffee substitute.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: ME, NH
- Special Concern: RI
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