More Information About Napaea
The genus napaea is monotypic, containing just one species, Napaea dioica, native to the eastern US. Although related to hibiscus (a mallow), you wouldn't know it by casually looking at the flowers. Napaea dioica produces clusters of small, white, fragrant flowers in the summer on top of long flower stalks.
Napaea dioica is also grown for its large, deeply-lobed foliage which is quite tropical looking. In its native habitat, Napaea dioica lives in low prairies, and alluvial thickets. The genus name Napaea comes from the Greek root word "nape" meaning "dell" and in Greek mythology, the Napaeae were nymphs that inhabited glens and groves ("dioica" refers to the fact that it produces male and female flowers on separate plants...dioecious).
As you might imagine, Napaea dioica prefers partial sun, a sheltered location and moist soil. It will grow well by a pond or along a stream bank.
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