Yellowroot emerges in the Spring as a rich bronze-purple colored foliage that matures to a bright green.
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Autumn color starts as a clear yellow which transforms to a red/purple and finishing in December as a tan.
Flowers start as plum-colored which shade into a chocolate brown
2-6" long drooping panicles that appear as a purple haze in March/April
This versatile gem has no serious pests. It will grow from full sun with no irrigation even into a summer drought.
The suckering root systems vigor will perform well against weeds.
Spring standing water for up to 2-3 weeks presents no problem for Yellowroot.
A native to damp woodlands that requires little care, Yellowroot is hardy from zone 3-9 and has root hardiness to -55F...A superior quality for rooftop gardens.
Soil compaction seems to offer little challenge for Yellowroot.
A wet land reclamation star...song and game birds will be drawn to the fruit even in deep shade.
A long lived species that is well established in 100 year old plantings in Boston.