PATRINIA

FAMILY: Caprifoliaceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Varies by Species
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Native to eastern Asia, these easy-to-grow, long-blooming perennials have yet to be discovered by many gardeners. The plants form mounds of deeply cut or lobed leaves that are typically medium green, up to 6 inches long. Nearly leafless blossom stalks rise from the foliage from mid- to late summer; these carry flat-topped clusters of tiny yellow or white flowers that attract butterflies and make a nice addition to both fresh and dried bouquets. Excellent in perennial borders. All appreciate rich, well-drained soil. Fanciers of daylilies (Hemerocallis) should avoid patrinias, however, as they are alternate hosts of daylily rust.

greater patrinia

patrinia gibbosa

  • Compact, clump-forming plant to 1112 feet tall and about 1 feet wide, with coarsely toothed leaves and loose clusters of tiny yellow flowers.
  • Full sun or partial shade.

patrinia, golden lace

patrinia scabiosifolia

  • The showiest and most popular species.
  • Grows 56 feet tall and 2 feet wide; may require staking.
  • Finely divided leaves.
  • Sparsely foliaged stalks and open clusters of lemon- yellow flowers give plant a see- through quality that makes it useful for either the front or back of the border.
  • Looks nice in combination with asters, ironweed (Vernonia), Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum), and 'Indigo Spires' salvia.
  • Nagoya grows only 23 feet tall.
  • Full sun.

patrinia triloba

  • Grows 1112 feet tall and spreads slowly to make a small-scale ground cover.
  • Glossy, deep green leaves are 24 inches long and deeply divided into three to five lobes.
  • Bears fragrant yellow flowers.
  • Grows best in light shade.

white patrinia

patrinia villosa

  • To 23 feet tall, 2 feet wide, with leaves that may or may not be divided.
  • Showers of white blossoms over a long period.
  • Spreads steadily but is not invasive.
  • Full sun.

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