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Calanthe 'Kozu Spice' Calanthe 'Kozu Spice'
Aplectrum hyemale is often confused with:
Tipularia discolor Form in bloom
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Trillium erectum Flowers
Trillium catesbaei T. catesbaei
Drosera leaf

Aplectrum hyemale

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
a-PLEK-trum hy-EH-may-lee
Description

Puttyroot spreads underground through the growth of its tubers, forming large colonies. The plant likes partial shade or dappled sunlight. The leaves appear in late November and persist until March. They are uniquely pin-striped, with parallel alternating silvery-white and green stripes. In late May or early June, the flower stalk emerges carrying several flowers, each only a few millimeters across.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#showy leaves#tuberous#NC native#summer flowers#native garden#small flowers#wildflower garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#showy leaves#tuberous#NC native#summer flowers#native garden#small flowers#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aplectrum
    Species:
    hyemale
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. Canada to E. Central & E. U.S.A
    Distribution:
    Found from Oklahoma to the Carolinas
    Edibility:
    non-edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    This plant has a loose cluster of 8 to 20 greenish-purple (sometimes yellow or white with purple tinge) flowers with two lips on 1- to 2-foot slender, leafless stalk. The lower lip is white with purple spots (a small lobe on each side and wavy in front). In late May or early June, the flower stalk emerges carrying several flowers, each only a few millimeters across.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has single, oval, basal leaves with white veins that appear in fall and disappear after flowering. They are 4 to 6 in. long. The leaves appear in late November and persist until March. They are uniquely pin-striped, with parallel alternating silvery-white and green stripes.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Riparian
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Native Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen