Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) has slender, generally unbranched woody stems that can reach anywhere from 2 to 4 feet tall. It also produces rhizomes, which allow it to spread into thickets and create a handsome, easy-care groundcover. It tends to be deer resistant and can be great for filling space under taller trees and shrubs. Sprays of small, starry, purple-brown flowers bloom in spring: interesting but not especially showy. The bright green, lacy foliage typically turns shades of yellow (to deep red) in fall. Yellowroot is native to parts of eastern North America. Its bright yellow roots have some traditional medicinal uses and can also be used as a natural dye. Partial to full shade is ideal, but the plant is quite adaptable; average to moist soil. Zones 4 to 9.
2021-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2022. At least 15 very tiny seeds.
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