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Triosteum aurantiacum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich, average

Height: 2'-4'

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

Flower of Triosteum aurantiacum (orangefruit horse-gentian)
  • Flower of Triosteum aurantiacum (orangefruit horse-gentian)
  • Flower of Triosteum aurantiacum (orangefruit horse-gentian)
  • Flower of Triosteum aurantiacum (orangefruit horse-gentian)

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Description

Triosteum aurantiacum

Also known as:

orangefruit horse-gentian

,

feverwort

,

wild coffee

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed. Warning: seeds may take up to 4 years to germinate!

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Dipsacales
Family Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family
Genus Triosteum horse-gentian
Species Triosteum aurantiacum orangefruit horse-gentian