That's what initially caught my eye, but, then I noticed it had the most delightful foliage and wiry stems with little seed pods left over from the summer flowers. I decided then and there that it had to be in my garden.
It wasn't until the following May that I got to see the charming flowers. Prairie Moon Nursery says that the flowers of Porteranthus stipulatus have a subtle beauty that is a nice break from the bigger blooms of most wildflowers. I think the little star shaped flowers are beautiful and somewhat reminiscent of apple blossoms. They look good planted with Aquilegia canadenses, Heuchera villosa and Pentemon calycosus.
For the greatest impact, plant it along a shady path where the small flowers would be seen by anyone walking by. Be generous, plant several for the biggest impact~remember, these are small flowers and you want your garden visitors to appreciate their subtle beauty!
|little seed pods|
I wish I had photos showing pollinator visitors, but, take my word for it~ that bees, flies, butterflies and skippers stop by to nectar or gather pollen.
My dear friends, this is a seriously cute wildflower! Give it a try...
The particulars about Porteranthus stipulatus
Common Name: Indian physic
Growth habit: Sub shrub
Native Range: Central and eastern North America
Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Flower: White or light pink
Sun: Part shade
Faunal associations: Long and short tongued bees visit for nectar and pollen. Flies, butterflies, and skippers also visit.
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.