Monday, April 11, 2005
Jeffersonia diphylla (Twinleaf) is a very nice early wildflower from the eastern and southeastern U.S.; it blooms just a couple of days later than bloodroot, and is very reminiscent of that flower, though its flowers don't have the startlingly pure whiteness of bloodroot. The "twin" leaves of Jeffersonia are very interesting in their own right. I also now have the asian counterpart of twinleaf, Jeffersonia dubai, which is the only other species in the genus, and occurs naturally only in Manchuria, but just planted it last year, and it's just coming up, so can't say much about it, other than that it obviously blooms later than our native. Dubai is said by those who grow it, to be more desirable than diphylla.