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Bowman’s Root, Indian Physic
Gillenia trifoliata (Porteranthus trifoliatus)
Light shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, rich rocky soil, moderately acid to neutral pH. 2-3 ft. height, blooms late spring to early summer, usually white but occasionally pale pink flowers.
Germination Code: M. Difficult to germinate.
Native Region: Eastern half of Tennessee
Delightful, easy-to-grow plant. A little sun is OK if soil is moist. Foliage is green and attractive throughout the summer, and plants color nicely in the fall. Looks best massed.