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Diphylleia - Michx.

Common Name Umbrella Leaf, American umbrellaleaf
Family Berberidaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Very rare in the wild, growing in rich woods in mountains[222], thriving by streams[200].
Range Eastern N. America - Virginia to Georgia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Diphylleia Umbrella Leaf, American umbrellaleaf


Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Diphylleia Umbrella Leaf, American umbrellaleaf
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 129.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Diphylleia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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A tea made from the roots is antiseptic, diaphoretic and diuretic[222, 257]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of smallpox[257]. This is a very rare plant in the wild, so little research has been carried out into its medicinal virtues. However, it is believed that the root might contain podophyllin, an effective anti-cancer agent[222].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist humus-rich soil and semi-shade, growing well in a woodland garden[1, 130, 200]. The leaves are very large and can be up to 60cm across[233].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[175]. The seed is very slow to germinate, usually taking a year or more[175]. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Diphylleia cymosaUmbrella Leaf, American umbrellaleaf02
Diphylleia grayi 10
Diphylleia sinensisUmbrella Leaf02

 

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