CRCCD – Bishop’s Cap (a.k.a Twoleaf Miterwort)


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Mitella diphylla


Soil:  Rich Loam, Acidic, Well-drained
Moisture:  Average to Moist
Light:  Part Sun (prefers dappled)
Plant Height:  9 to12 inches
Plant Width:  6 to 9 inches
Pests: None
Landscape Value:  A jewel for the shade garden.  Plant close to a path so flowers can be enjoyed.

A delicate-appearing woodland plant with basal, heart-shaped leaves and elongated flowering stalks up to 12 inches tall, each bearing a single pair of leaves two-thirds of the way up the stalk.  Tiny, white, fringed flowers have the appearance of a snowflake and bloom in spring.  Flowers are best viewed with a magnifying glass or hand lens.  Small black seeds are held in cup-like, open capsules and are dispersed by raindrops that strike the capsule causing it to bend and fling some seeds.  Capsules have the shape of a miter, a headdress worn by bishops in some traditional Christian sects, hence the common names.  Tolerates full shade.

1 gallon pot

Photo credits:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photo by Alan Cressler)
Missouri Botanical Garden
Native Plant Trust (photo by John Lynch)