Porteranthus trifoliatus - Bowman's Root
Olive-green foliage on woody branches forms a neat mound that serves as the backdrop to delicate, white flowers that bloom in spring and move like butterflies in the breeze. Foliage turns russet-red in the autumn. Perfect for mass plantings. it is a magnet for native insects and butterflies.
- Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
- Attractive fall color extends season of beauty
- Perfect for landscape massing, deer resistant
- Drought tolerant once established
- Easy to grow and maintain
Found in dry to moist, upland woods and rocky banks, mostly in the mountains.
This plant was used by Native Americans as an emetic for a yearly cleansing, thus giving it the common name Indian Physic. It is likely that Bowman's Root also refers to this practice since English settlers often called the Native Americans "Bowmen".
Bowman's Root thrives best in moist, acid to neutral, humus rich soil, but is quite drought tolerant once established. It prefers shade in the hottest part of the day. Use as backround plant in perennial beds or in mass plantings to give full airy effect.