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Shiloh plant

Posted by fern70 Tennessee (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 21, 14 at 21:35

The pictured plant was found in woodland near Shiloh, TN several years ago. I now have two colonies of these in my shady backyard. I have been unable to identify what they are. The foliage is never more than 6" tall, and the flower stalks are 6 to 10" tall ( in bloom now). The backside of the older leaves is purple. They are evergreen when given extra water in Summer. They really thrive in cooler weather.


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RE: Shiloh plant

  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 21, 14 at 22:23

The photo isn't showing up for me.


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I can't see the picture either.


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Well, I'll try again. This time I resized the photo. Don't know if that helps, but it's worth a try. Thanks for looking.


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RE: Shiloh plant

Dentaria maxima? aka Cardamine maxima. Large toothwort.


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Yes, looks like toothwort.


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Thanks for your information. I searched "Dentaria" and "toothwort" and I believe you both are correct that it is a toothwort. I think it must be D. maxima. It actually make a good ground cover under my oak trees. It stays nicely green in winter, and will stay green in summer if given extra water. However, it is slow to spread, so does not make a quick ground cover. Thanks again.


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