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Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii (Largeflower heartleaf)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

Hexastylis shuttleworthii (Britten & Baker f.) Small var. shuttleworthii

Largeflower Heartleaf

Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family)

Synonym(s): Asarum shuttleworthii

USDA Symbol: HESHS

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low, evergreen herb, 3-6 in., with mottled, rounded-cordate leaves; the old leaves persistent. The solitary red-brown flowers are thick and fleshy, hidden under the leaves.

Some natural populations of this attractive ginger have short rhizomes and tend to form clumps, while others have long, creeping rhizomes and tend to spread. The latter make better ground covers.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AL , GA , NC , SC , TN , VA
Native Distribution: W. VA, s. along mts. to GA & AL
Native Habitat: Rich, moist, upland woods & ravines

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, fertile, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Slow to establish, but considered one of the more attractive gingers. Some natural populations have short rhizomes and tend to form clumps, while others have long, creeping rhizomes and tend to spread. The latter make better ground covers.

Propagation

Description: Increase by division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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