Jeffersonia diphylla - Plant
Common name: twinleaf
Bloom time: April
Height: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
a plant i d order: jeffersonia diphyllaShare this: TwitterFacebook3Pinterest35PrintEmail IT PUSHES UP OUT of the ground all crazy-colored and not green, the way some of my favorite early-arising native woodlanders do presumably to disguise themselves from hungry awakening herbivores. And then Jeffersonia diphylla, or twinleaf, proceeds to distinguish itself in other ways, too. Put it right alongside the pathway so you can appreciate all its aspects up-close:First, as mentioned, the purple-ish fresh growth (from the pigments called anthocyanins, remember?); then its dramatic darker stems, and the two-part leaves (hence the species name diphylla), with the subtle white flowers that often hide among them (and shatter in the slightest upsets of weather), and later the curious-looking seedpods that form, promising a colony in time.Jeffersonia—named by our first botanist, John Bartram, to honor the third President—likes average to moist, humus-rich soil and part shade to shade, such as a deciduous woodland. I have it under Aralia spinosa, the woody devil’s walking stick (another nearby native
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: (30/15 C)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- it’s finally beginning to really colonize and move.
- Its bloom almost overlaps that of the red-flowered wake-robin or Trillium erectum, which I have alongside (but twinleaf gets started and finished just a tiny bit faster).
Woodland gardens, shade gardens, native plant gardens or shaded areas of rock gardens. When massed, foliage forms an effective ground cover for shady areas.
- stomach and bringing down fevers.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.
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