More Information About Chloranthus
Chloranthus, a genus of 17 species of easy-to-grow Asian perennials, are among the most esoteric perennials we grow. They are valuable for their bold texture in the woodland garden and really funky flowers in late spring. Chloranthus plants produce dark green leaves that in some species are reminiscent of hydrangea. The leaves, held on 2-3' stems, are topped in May with a spike of small, white, bottlebrush-like flowers that are fragrant in the morning.
In China, chloranthus flowers are added to tea to impart a unique sandalwood-like scent and in southeast Asia the leaves are also used to make tea. Chloranthus is considered by paleontologists to be one of the basal angiosperms...in plain English, they think chloranthus represents one of the earliest, most primitive flowering plants. So now you know enough about chloranthus to enthrall people at your next dinner party...trust me, you'll be a hit.
Chloranthus prefers a part shade site with well-drained, consistently moist soil. This is a very easy plant to grow, and you certainly can use it to fool your know-it-all plant geek friends, too.