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Twinleaf

Twinleaf

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Twinleaf


Jeffersonia diphylla, commonly known as Twinleaf or Rheumatism Root, is an uncommon Spring wildflower in the Berberidaceae family. Jeffersonia was named after U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, who grew it on his stately property, Monticello. This plant is often used in rock gardens or as groundcover in woodland gardens. Since it prefers neutral soils to alkaline, it can be planted near concrete foundations as well as near lawns, especially if treated with lime.

The Growth Of Twinleaf


This perennial grows at a slow rate and rarely grows over 12 inches while blooming, but can extend up to 18 inches by the time its fruit ripens. It features large flat leaves that can be up to 6 inches long. The leaves sit at the ends of long stems, which sprout from the rhizome, and are divided in a way somewhat resembling butterfly wings, giving the appearance of being two separate leaves. In the Spring, before the forest canopy appears in April or May, lovely white flowers, each with eight pedals, appear at the end of leafless stalks. These cup-shaped flowers are short-lived, with the pedals falling off soon after flowering. The fruit is a pod which resembles a small pear and has a hinged top. The plant relies on ants to disperse its seeds and, while its has no major problems with insects or disease, it is susceptible to snails and slugs.

Where To Plant Twinleaf


Twinleaf grows in the USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8. It can be found in Eastern North America, especially in the Great Lakes region, the Ohio Valley, and the Appalachians; from Ontario to Alabama and West to Wisconsin. This interesting plant is typically found growing in the damp, rich limestone soils of deciduous forests and near rivers. While the plant can tolerate conditions of heavy shade, it prefers a partly shady environment. The ideal situation for it is under the canopies of large trees, where it can receive adequate sun in the Spring and be well-shaded from the heat of the summer sun.

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Donna Brenchley
Great plants. Arrived in good condition. 5 stars

I have placed 3 orders from this nursery. The first 2 orders arrived and were in very good condition and are planted and thriving. Delivery is a little slow and I’m still waiting for the two leaf but I’m sure ithey will arrive soon.