Porteranthus trifoliatus 'Pink Profusion' - Bowman's root

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Bowman's root
Porteranthus trifoliatus 'Pink Profusion' (syn. Gillenia trifoliata)

'Pink Profusion' has clear pink flowers that are held daintily above reddish leaves on deep red stems. The best part is the way the flowers shimmer in a light breeze, as though they will take flight at any moment. They thrive in moist, rich, woodland soil. Porteranthus trifoliatus was named one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years by the Royal Horticultural Society. This is a real beauty!

North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery.

  • Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects
  • Delicate flowers look like little pink butterflies ready to fly
  • They flower from May to June, foliage remains attractive all season
  • Easy to grow, tolerates most garden soil
  • Awarded as top plant by the Royal Horticultural Society

Native Range

Gillenia trifioliata can be found in rich woods in the mountains and piedmonts from Massachussetts to Georgia.


Interesting Facts


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".





Mature Size: 24-30in. Tall x 24-30in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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