Gillenia trifoliata (Bowman’s Root) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these only for gardeners who are experienced with seeds that require a chilling period.

The easiest approach is to sow the seeds (about 1/8″ deep) in a pot in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can germinate when conditions are right, either the first or second spring.

Some references suggest that cycling between warm and cold temperatures can enhance germination rates. If you want to try this, sow and keep in warm (70°F) conditions for 2 to 3 months, then move the pot to cold temperatures (either a refrigerator for 2 to 3 months before moving back to warmth, or set outside in late winter or early spring for sprouting when conditions are right).

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Bowman’s root (Gillenia trifoliata [also known as Porteranthus trifoliatus]) produces bushy, 2- to 3-foot tall plants with abundant, small, white flowers in early summer. The lacy green summer leaves turn deep red in fall. US native. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in early to mid September 2023. At least 15 seeds. Unknown ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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