General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 1 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 2 or more feet, spreading
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Height: 1 to 2 feet
Foliage Mound Height: 3 to 6 inches
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Beetleweed
  • Galax
  • Coltsfoot
  • Wand flower
  • Wandflower

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 14, 2018 3:03 PM concerning plant:
    There is only one species in this genus of Galax. This Round-leaved Wandflower or Beetleweed is similar to its relative of the Oconee Bells (Shortia galacifolia). Wandflower forms a basal rosette of shiny, tough, leathery, evergreen, rounded heart-shaped leaves with long leaf stalks that turn red-brown in winter. Tiny white flowers bloom on the single spikes in late May - June. Its native range is from the mountains of Maryland to east Kentucky down into northern Georgia & Alabama, plus the coastal plain of southeast Virginia in dry to moist woods. It has escaped cultivation in some spots in Massachusetts. In cultivation it needs rich, loose, acidic, humusy, moist, well-drained, sandy to silty soils. It does not do well in regular landscape conditions. Seed can be sown as soon as ripe. The plant produces reddish rhizomes so that it becomes a small colony. It can be divided in spring with soil adhering to the roots. It is sold by some specialty nurseries. I've only seen it once in an arboretum, so it is rare.

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