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06/20/2024
This week's Twilight on the Terrace (6/21) has been rescheduled to 6/28 due to forecasted excessive heat.

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Hexastylis minor

Native Plants

Little Heartleaf

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Summary

The lustrous little heartleaf (Hexastylis minor) is a welcome evergreen perennial addition in the shady border. In the spring and summer months, the heart-shaped leaves are dark green with lighter sage-green mottling, turning maroon-purple in autumn and persisting through winter. The 6” tall mounds of pest-free evergreen foliage performs best in well drained soils. Once established, little heartleaf tolerates moderate drought conditions. The inconspicuous burgundy-brown flowers are borne at ground-level beneath the leaves in early spring. Little heartleaf is attractive against a backdrop of mosses. It also combines well with New York fern (Parathelypteris noveboracensis), false rue-anemone (Enemion biternatum), dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata), or Bunny Blue® spreading sedge (Carex laxiculmis ‘Hobb’). Zones 6-8.


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    shade-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    purple, red 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black