Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Bishop’s Cap (Mitella diphylla)
    Saxifrage Family

    Bishop’s Cap is a whimsical, spring-blooming plant that looks best planted in large groups. The white, foam-like flowers are very delicate, and are followed by a unique, raindrop distributed seed structure. Evergreen, Heuchera-like leaves provide cover for animals and protect the ground year round. Will spread slowly by rhizomes, gently weaving through and around other plants. Plant with Cherokee Sedge, Wild Geranium, Eastern Columbine, Dwarf Crested Iris, or Woodland Phlox.

    Blooms: White, 3-4 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: Heart shaped basal leaves are evergreen, single pair of opposite leaves occur halfway up flowering stems
    Height: 10-18”
    Space: 18-24”
    Soil: Average-Moist, occasionally dry
    Exposure:  Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Flies and short tongue bees
    Seeds: Flattened capsule containing shiny black seeds are raindrop distributed
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown