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Chamaedaphne calyculata ‘Verdant’

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Verdant Leatherleaf

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction. The tiny, dark evergreen foliage and spreading, rhizomatous character of Verdant leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata ‘Verdant’) makes it an excellent groundcover for sun to part shade in gardens with moist, acidic soils. Though uncommon in the trade, ‘Verdant’ can provide excellent year-round interest in moist to occasionally wet sites where a low growing evergreen plant is desired. Verdant leatherleaf also produces charming spikes of tiny white, urn-shaped flowers on its branch tips in early to mid-spring. This plant is best in masses or groupings and grows well with northern barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides), closed bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii), staggerbush (Lyonia mariana), winterberry (Ilex verticillata), coastal fetterbush (Eubotrys racemosus), downy skullcap(Scutellaria incana), and inkberry (Ilex glabra). Zones 3-7. 


Introduced in 1996, Chamaedaphne calyculata ‘Verdant’ was found by Dr. Richard W. Lighty in the New Jersey Pine Barrens in 1985.

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