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Galax urceolata

Family: Diapensiaceae
Genus: Galax (GAY-laks) (Info)
Species: urceolata (ur-kee-oh-LAH-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Galax aphylla

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jan 20, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Most people just call this plant "galax". A very beautiful perennial with rounded, glossy, evergreen foliage. Leaves turn bronze to scarlet in winter.

A single plant can be underwhelming, but a patch several feet across can be lovely. It can, with care, and a few decades---or deep pockets---become a groundcover.

Unfortunately, it grows slowly, and nursery-propagated plants are correspondingly expensive. A woodlander native to the Appalachians from Alabama to New Hampshire, it's an acid soil lover and a lover of shade. In the nurseries, I sometimes see it hitchhiking on the rootballs of wild-harvested mountain laurel and Rhododendron maximums.

Galax has become rare, threatened, or endangered in many areas. Its leaves have always been in great demand for use in the florist industry, and have long been wild-collected in large quantities. Due to widespread concern about its unsustainable exploitation, as with several other wildflowers, collection is legally restricted in many places. But that hasn't stopped illegal commercial poaching.

The leafless flower spikes reach 18" in late spring, and the foliage stays at 6-9". The height information above should be corrected.

Positive chuck42446 On May 5, 2002, chuck42446 from Spruce Pine, NC wrote:

These evergreen plants are used by landscapers and home gardeners as groundcovers. They begin new growth in mid-April and are usually ready by late June-early July. The leaves are used by florist in all floral arrangements - wreaths, bouquets, etc. Plants can be shipped most of the year. Leaves are shipped worldwide to florist beginning usually in late June-early July until mid-April each year. Leaves and plants are very hardy and plants are drought-resistant.

Neutral mystic On Sep 1, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a herbaceous,evergreen,perennial plant,that can reach 3 feet in height.It has rounded shiny,heart shaped leaves that grows in slow expanding clumps.The foliage is 2to4 inches across and turns red-bronze in winter.In late spring foot long spikes of feathery white flowers rise above the leaves.Florist use the leaves to decorate wreaths at Christmas.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Marion, North Carolina
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Grove City, Ohio
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Blacksburg, Virginia
Galax, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Dupont, Washington

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