Mitella diphylla (Bishop’s cap)


Type: Forb

Area: Woodland

Height: 12″

Bloom Months: April, May, June

Color: White

Sun: Partial, Shade

Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry

Photo credit: Prairie Moon

30 in stock

SKU: 789-1 Category:


Description from Prairie Moon: You’ll fall in love with the tiny snowflake-like, fringed flowers atop the thin stems of Bishop’s Cap. Other easily identifiable characteristics include a single pair of leaves half way up the stem (hence the species epithet “diphylla,” or “two-leaves”). The name Bishop’s Cap refers to the seed capsules, which are split open to resemble the deep cleft in a bishop’s miter. The upright capsules are designed for a type of seed dispersal known as splash-cup dispersal. When raindrops strike the capsule, the splash sends seeds flying up to a meter away.  The plants spread slowly by rhizomes and make a wonderful addition to deciduous woodlands and shade gardens.  Bishop’s Cap can tolerate drier full shade sites, although its preference is for medium soils and partial sun in the spring months.

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