Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Shade Garden Excitement

Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla is a delightful native wildflower.  Its lovely white flowers are a treat, and quickly  gone but that is not all this plant has to offer.  The leaves last all summer and flutter in the wind like beautiful green butterfly wings.  The plant forms a neat round clump.  The weird green seed pots that come along later  after the flowers are fascinating too!  Best of all the plant seems to do well under less than textbook conditions.  I know I got mine at Catskill Native nursery in Kerhonkson, NY.  This plant is worth the hunt!

A new Twinleaf plant looks like this. Planted last year, it has just two leaves.  I really don't expect this one to flower this year.  I  am just really happy to see it come back.

This plant has a few leaves and more coming.  Perhaps flowers this year are not out of the question.  

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