This species is treated as Asarum shuttleworthii Britten & Baker f., in some works, but we are following the treatment in Flora of N. America[
Asarum grandiflorum (Michx. ex Duch.) Small
Asarum shuttleworthii Britten & Baker f.
Asarum virginicum grandiflorum Michx. ex Duch.
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: Masebrock
Hexastylis shuttleworthii is an evergreen perennial plant producing a cluster of leaves about 10cm tall from a creeping rhizome[
The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, making a useful ground cover.
Although no reports of toxicity have been found for this plant, at least 3 other members of this genus have reports that the leaves are toxic[
]. Some caution is therefore advised in the use of this plant.
South-eastern N. America - Tennessee to Virginia, south to Alabama and Georgia
Rich mountain woods[
]. Acidic soils, often along creeks beneath Rhododendron maximum , deciduous or mixed deciduous-conifer forests; at elevations from 400 - 1,300 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[
Prefers a rich moist neutral to acid soil in woodland or a shady position in the rock garden[
The flowers are malodorous and are mainly self-pollinated but are also pollinated by mycotrophic flies[
Plants often self-sow when growing in a suitable position[
A useful ground-cover plant for shady positions so long as the soil is not dry[
], spreading by its roots[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[
]. Stored seed will require 3 weeks cold stratification and should be sown in late winter[
]. The seed usually germinates in the spring in 1 - 4 or more weeks at 18°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out when large enough in late spring.
Division in spring or autumn. Plants are slow to increase[
]. It is best to pot the divisions up and keep them in light shade in the greenhouse until they are growing away strongly.