Hydrastis canadensis

Common name: Goldenseal

Native plant

Goldenseal is a short woodland spring-blooming species.  Its small, showy flowers sit atop a long stem that extends from large, maple-shaped leaves.  Flowers give way to bright red raspberry-looking fruit that are eaten by birds and small mammals.  Goldenseal gets its name from its bright yellow root systems which are harvested and sold for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Due to overharvesting, it was once considered endangered in woodland areas but has made quite a comeback.  This plant is a great ornamental for use in shady areas of the landscape.  It will spread and form small colonies if given the room.

Also available in quarts.

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Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site

Habitat

Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

White

Fall color

Orange Yellow

Size

Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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