(Bowman's Root)The genus Porteranthus contains just 2 species (Porteranthus trifoliata and Porteranthus stipulata). Both are native North American plants distributed along the East Coast in dry, open woods. Porteranthus species are sometimes called gillenia by taxonomists and until they work out their differences, you will see both names used in ornamental horticulture. Regardless of what you call it, porteranthus is a great garden plant for the Southeast US.
Porteranthus produces masses of white or pink flowers with narrow petals held well above the 2' tall foliage. The appearance of porteranthus is similar to gaura, but porteranthus favors part shade. Porteranthus prefers rich, consistently moist soils on the acidic side and looks great planted in masses beneath a tree or along a border. When you are ready to buy porteranthus for your garden, check out our online offering of porteranthus for sale.