Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Cardamine douglassii 'Southern Lady'
Southern Lady Douglass's Toothwort
Item #: 8601
Zones: 6a to 8b, at least
Dormancy: Summer, Fall
Height: 12" tall
Origin: United States
Cardamine douglassii has become one of our new favorite native spring ephemeral plants. Cardamine douglassii emerges in early November for us and remains as flat rosettes of glaucous leaves until mid-February, when it expands into a 1' tall x 18" wide clump of foliage, adorned with flower spikes of mauvy-pink...a true showpiece in the winter woodland garden at the same time as hellebores. For us, Cardamine douglassii is completely dormant by late April. Our offering is an exceptional clone that plantswoman Jan Midgley discovered in Alabama.
A nearly fool-proof small woodland ephemeral, rising early and going dormant early. It can be tucked amongst winter-dormant/summer growing perennials or under deciduous shrubs adding far more floral color than you would imagine considering its small size. It is native to the states bordering the Mississippi River and most of country east of them, It often occurs in wet woodlands. This tiny relative of collards, cabbage and their varied kin is an easy and most worthwhile ornamental member of the Brassicaceae. Clumps can be divided after a number of years, probably best time would be as they are going dormant yet can still be found. It would work nicely with the small winter flowering bulbs such as snowdrops and cyclamen or amongst Hellebores.
Flower Color: Pink
Leaf Color: Green
Container Role: Fillers
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