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Triosteum perfoliatum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: rich, loam, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-4'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: red, brown

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, naturalizing, shade garden plant, showy fruit, woodland plant

Triosteum perfoliatum (feverwort)
  • Triosteum perfoliatum (feverwort)
  • Triosteum perfoliatum (feverwort)
  • Triosteum perfoliatum (feverwort)

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Description

Triosteum perfoliatum

Also known as:

feverwort

,

broad tinker's-weed

,

feverwort

,

wild coffee

,

late horse gentian

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Triosteum perfoliatum is a 2' to 4' tall woodland wildflower. It is a coarse plant with multiple erect stems that bear flowers from the upper leaf axils. These flowers are clustered around the stem, reddish and tubular. They give way to showy orange berry-like drupes, each containing 3 oblong nutlets.

Cultivation

Feverwort is found in moist, well-drained rich woods and thickets where it will enjoy filtered light. It has a taproot, making it tolerant of dry periods, and difficult to transplant. Blooms for about a month, between May and July. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Additional Notes

The dried seeds of Triosteum perfoliatum have been roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MA
  • 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 perfoliatum feverwort