Orange-fruited Horse Gentain, Horse Ginseng, Wild Coffee
Triosteum aurantiacum

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Triosteum (try-oh-SEE-um) (Info)
Species: aurantiacum (aw-ran-ti-AYE-kum) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 31, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This herbaceous plant grows in dry, rocky, wooded areas and can reach 48 inches in height, with leaves 10 inches in length. Each leaf is entire with small hairs; the leaves have no stems.

Irregular flowers are red. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into mid summer. The flowers emerge from the axis of the leaves and are without stalks. Has a bright orange berry with three seeds - a favorite of song birds.