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MITELLA diphylla

Image of Mitella diphylla

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Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

MITELLA diphylla

Plant Common Name

Twinleaf Miterwort, Twoleaf Miterwort

General Description

No one would ever accuse this North American woodland perennial of being spectacular. Yet, its mounded, fuzzy, maple-shaped leaves and its open spikes of small, lacy, off-white flowers do possess a quiet elegance and charm. Its bloom comes relatively late in the spring wildflower season, adding to its value.

This shade-loving perennial prefers humus-rich, well drained, neutral to alkaline soil. It is best in a naturalistic setting, but also works well in rock gardens and other settings where its quiet beauty can be fully appreciated.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-18" / 15.2cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes