OCONEE BELLS

FAMILY: Diapensiaceae | GENUS: SHORTIA galacifolia

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

Plant Details

This elegant little plant hails from the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina; it is difficult to grow outside of its small native range. Forms a foot-wide clump of evergreen, round or oval, glossy green, 1- to 3 inches-long leaves with scalloped edges. Each of the many 4- to 6 inches-high stems is topped in spring with a single blooma nodding, 1-inch-wide white bell with toothed edges. Spreads slowly by underground stems. Intolerant of extended summer heat. Needs acid, organically enriched soil. Grow with azaleas and rhododendrons.

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