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Hexastylis minor

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Little Heartleaf

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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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