Five-leaf Black Sea Toothwort
Item #: 10148
Zones: 6a to 8b, guessing
Dormancy: Summer, Fall
Height: 6" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade
Origin: Asia Minor, Bulgaria, Caucasus Mountains, Iran, Southern Europe, Turkey
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
(aka: Dentaria quinquefolia) Cardamine quinquefolia is a lovely spring ephemeral groundcover that can be found growing wild in slightly moist beech/oak forests around the Black Sea, stretching from Romania to Iran. In our garden, Cardamine quinquefolia has formed a stunning 3' wide patch in four years. The deeply lobed fresh green foliage emerges in February, and is smothered, starting in late February with 6" tall stalks of small mauve flowers. By the onset of heat, Cardamine quinquefolia has gone to bed for the summer, as other perennials emerge to take its place...what a true charmer in the late winter garden.