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LINNAEA borealis

Image of Linnaea borealis

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Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

LINNAEA borealis

Plant Common Name

Twinflower

General Description

Found in cool forests throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, this carpeting evergreen is well worthy of bearing the name of Linnaeus, father of modern botany. In spring and early summer, pairs of delicate, fragrant, pale pink flowers dangle from short wiry stems, above low mats of small, shiny, rounded leaves. Twinflowers spread vigorously in favorable conditions.

Give this dainty woodlander a cool, moist, humus-rich, acid soil in partial shade. Mulch the surrounding soil with shredded oak or pine leaves to encourage spreading. Use twinflower for groundcover or edging in the woodland garden, or grow it in large containers. It is especially nice where it can be viewed (and smelled) at close quarters.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 6

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America, Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No