Xanthorhiza simplicissima (Yellowroot) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: Really, it’s easiest to start with purchased plants, if you can find them for sale. I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with handling very small seeds, and with seeds that require a chilling period. The easiest approach is to sow the seeds (barely covered with growing medium) in a pot in fall to late winter, setting them outdoors in a place protected from slugs so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, give the pot an artificial chilling period of about 3 months.

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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.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in October 2023. At least 15 tiny seeds. Very limited quantity; one packet per customer. Shipping to US addresses only.

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