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Gillenia trifoliata

Bowman's Root

Plant Type:


Gillenia trifoliata ​(syn. ​Porteranthus trifoliataus) – Bowman’s Root is a most handsome early summer bloomer covered in masses of 1” white flowers touched pink at the base reminiscent of Gaura. Unlike Guara, fortunately for us, Bowman’s Root is perfectly hardy and can withstand our wetter climate in the eastern U. S. Unlike Gaura, unfortunately, it flowers but once, the bloom period lasting approximately 3 weeks. However, it is very handsome even out of bloom; the finely-cut foliage is serrated, bronzed when it first emerges with a play of red in the petioles and the wiry pedicels contrasting with the green leaves of summer. Bowman’s Root will make a beautiful backdrop plant for shorter perennials just gorgeous fore-planted with blue fescues; it is delicate in appearance contrasted with bolder foliaged plants and even looks good planted with shrubs. In but a few years the girth of this plant increases such that it dons an almost shrub-like affect in the landscape. Plant in any well-drained soil sited in full to mostly sunny conditions. This is a frequently asked about plant in the gardens at Quackin' Grass. It's a strict clumper. If ordered during our fall shipping season Bowman's Root will arrive cut back. Established potted perennial from division.

From Ashley B. (ME) on 5.23.2018: "Your plants arrived a little bit ago. Thank you! They are the best looking plants I’ve ever received by mail and they are also the most lovingly packed. What a difference it makes. I am most grateful." ...Well, Ashley, Good Plants = Happy Customers



24-48 In


36 In


Item Description Price  
GILLTRI Gillenia trifoliata (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $14.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Gillenia trifoliata

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Accent
  • Natural Garden
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Average
  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Division