CLINTON LILY

FAMILY: Liliaceae | GENUS: CLINTONIA umbellulata

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7

Plant Details

This lovely and little-known wildflower, native to the upland forests of the Appalachians, is a veritable gem. It gently spreads across the forest floor to form lush mats of deep green, oblong leaves (to 10 in. long and 3 in. wide) that are every bit as attractive as those of lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis). In late spring, rounded clusters of 12-in., fragrant white blossoms (sometimes speckled with purple) appear atop leafless stalks rising 818 in. high. Dis- tinctive round, black berries follow the flowers. Plant dies down in winter. Clinton lily needs moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil that contains lots of organic matter. Mulch around it every spring to keep the roots cool and moist. Water during summer drought. Ideal at the foot of tall trees and shrubs in naturalized areas and woodland gardens. Good companions include rhododendron, mountain laurel (Kalmia), mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), trillium, and wild ginger (Asarum).

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