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Gillenia trifoliata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Red and White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Stem

Red in

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Bowman's root

Family

Rosaceae


Gillenia are rhizomatous perennials with palmately divided leaves and lax panicles of star-shaped white or pale pink flowers

G. trifoliata is a rhizomatous perennial with reddish stems bearing small, 3-lobed leaves and open sprays of starry white flowers 3-4cm in width, with contrasting red calyces

Other common names

  • false ipecac
  • Indian hippo
  • Indian physic
  • western dropwort

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, slightly acid to neutral, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Can tolerate full sun if shaded in the hottset part of the day. May need staking

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in winter or propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free