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Gillenia trifoliata

Gillenia trifoliata
Synonym(s) Porteranthus trifoliatus
Common name bowman's root, indian physic
Family rosaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers white-pink
Size 2-3'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed give several weeks cold treatment, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

Bright green serrated foliage turns burgundy in the fall. The flowers that whirl around the airy stems are so white that my camera has a hard time not overexposing them (or underexposing their surroundings)!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 35F (4w) - 65F (88%G, 4-7d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (10%G, 12d)
  3. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (20d; 8%G, 9d) - 70F with light (no G, 31d)
  4. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (4w; no G)
  5. Seed from NARGS '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (80%G, 6-29d)

Seed apparently not long-viable; when it is, germination is successful after a few weeks of cold.

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