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Jeffersonia diphylla - Plant

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The petals of this flower are extremely fragile and often drop at the first gust of wind or light shower.
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Description for Jeffersonia diphylla

Jeffersonia which is also known as twinleaf or rheumatism root is a small genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the family Berberidaceae. They are uncommon spring wildflowers, which grow in limestone soils of rich deciduous forests.

It is a clump-forming plant, flower in early spring, but continues to grow thereafter. Features long-stemmed, blue-green basal leaves which are deeply divided into two lobes that give the appearance of being two separate leaves, hence the common name.

Flowers are somewhat reminiscent of bloodroot, but the plants are unrelated and in different families. Fruit is an interesting pear-shaped dehiscent pod with a lid.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Twinleaf, rheumatism root White April 0.75 to 1.50 feet Easy to grow

Planting and care

It is native from New York to Wisconsin south to Alabama and Virginia. It is usually found in limestone soils in rich damp woods.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade Moist, acidic, well-drained soil medium (30/15 C) Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Jeffersonia diphylla

  • Young plants do not compete well and should be kept free of weeds.
  • Soils must not be allowed to dry out.
  • Appreciates a summer mulch to help keep the roots cool.

Typical uses of Jeffersonia diphylla

Special features: Woodland gardens, shade gardens, native plant gardens or shaded areas of rock gardens. When massed, foliage forms an effective ground cover for shady areas.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: NA


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  • https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=JEDI

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