Twinleaf Plant 5 For $14.99

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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Jeffersonia diphylla - Twinleaf (aka Rheumatism Root) 

Jeffersonia diphylla, commonly known as Twinleaf or Rheumatism Root, is an uncommon Spring wildflower in the Berberidaceae family. Jeffersonia was named after U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, who grew it on his stately property, Monticello. This plant is often used in rock gardens or as a groundcover in woodland gardens. Since Twinleaf prefers neutral soils too alkaline, it can be planted near concrete foundations and lawns, especially if treated with lime. 


Twinleaf Plant's Growth Pattern

 This perennial grows moderately and rarely over 12 inches while flowering but can grow up to 18 inches by the time its fruit ripens. Twinleaf features large flat leaves that can be up to 6 inches long. The leaves sit at the ends of long stems, which sprout from the rhizome, and are divided in a way somewhat resembling butterfly wings, giving the appearance of being two separate leaves. In the Spring, before the forest canopy appears in April or May, lovely white flowers, each with eight pedals, appear at the end of leafless stalks. These cup-shaped flowers are short-lived, with the petals falling off soon after flowering. The fruit is a pod that resembles a small pear and has a hinged top. The plant relies on ants to disperse its seeds, and while it has no significant problems with insects or disease, it is susceptible to snails and slugs. 


 Twinleaf Plant's Hardy Planting Zones

 Twinleaf grows in the USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8. It can be found in Eastern North America, especially in the Great Lakes region, the Ohio Valley, and the Appalachians, from Ontario to Alabama and West to Wisconsin. This attractive plant typically grows in the damp, rich limestone soils of deciduous forests and near rivers. While the plant can tolerate heavy shade conditions, it prefers a partly shady environment. The ideal situation for Twinleaf is under the canopies of large trees, where it can receive adequate sun in the Spring and be well-shaded from the summer sun's heat.

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