Two-leaf Miterwort, Bishop's Cap
Mitella diphylla

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mitella (my-TEL-uh) (Info)
Species: diphylla (dy-FIL-uh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

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:

Light Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Regional

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

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

West Branch, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Wallkill, New York

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 25, 2011, l6blue from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I love this plant! It's a rare plant that does well in dry shade. I bought 3 plants last year from a native plant vendor at the St. Paul Farmers Market, and they are thriving in my native bed. It has lovely mounding foliage, and the flowers have a charming airy-fairy appearance.

Positive

On May 18, 2010, kobwebz from columbia, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great shade to part sun plant, blooms early sprung here leaves a nice mound of green foilage for the summer.,