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Mitella diphylla - L.

Common Name Mitrewort, Twoleaf miterwort
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich woodlands, meadows and swamps[200, 235].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec to Minnesota, North Carolina and Missouri.
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Mitella diphylla Mitrewort, Twoleaf miterwort


Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky.
Mitella diphylla Mitrewort, Twoleaf miterwort
USDA-NRCS /Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 229

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Mitella diphylla is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Febrifuge;  Ophthalmic.

An infusion of the leaves is used to treat fevers[200]. The infusion can also be used as eye drops for sore eyes[257].

Other Uses

A good ground cover in moist woodland[200]. Plants form a carpet and should be spaced about 45cm apart each way[208].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in moist woodlands and in pockets in rock gardens[200]. Requires a moist humus-rich soil[208]. Self-sows when grown in a rich soil[200] and usually spreads quickly by this means[208].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing it as soon as it is ripe or in early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Botanical References

200235

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