CT DR P
Soil: Rich, Humus-rich, Well-drained
Moisture: Average to Moist
Light: Part Sun to Shade
Plant Height: 6 to 10 inches
Plant Width: 4 to 6 inches
Landscape Value: Great for mass planting in shaded areas of woodland and rock gardens where plants can be allowed to naturalize. Effective as a spring groundcover around the base of trees.
A showy spring ephemeral! A single flower stalk wrapped by one deeply-scalloped, gray-green basal leaf emerges from an underground stem (rhizome) in early spring. The stalk produces a single white flower with numerous yellow center stamens. As the flower begins to bloom, the leaf unfurls. Flowers are short-lived, open up in the sunlight and close at night. Leaves remain until mid-to-late summer when the plant goes dormant. Pollinated by small native bees and flies. Seeds have nutrient-rich appendages that attract ants; ants carry the seeds to their nests, eat the appendages and discard the seeds, thereby aiding in dispersal. All parts of the plant exude a bright red-orange sap when cut, hence the name. Tolerates drought, dry soil and black walnut. Mulch with a thin layer of deciduous leaves in winter.
1 quart pot