Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Yellowroot (Yellowroot)

  • Great food source for birds, especially ground feeding birds
  • Provides cover for a wide range of wildlife
  • Great for stream banks and erosion control
  • Can be used in rain gardens
  • Outstanding yellow to red and purple fall color
  • Purple flowers in spring

Yellowroot is a fantastic woody groundcover that easily spreads to form a 1-3’ tall dense carpet, even in shade. It thrives in average to moist, slightly acidic soil. Small purple flowers bloom in spring and later produce star-shaped fruits that are eaten by birds and other small animals. It is the perfect plant to use as transition between sun and shade, and wet to dry. But, it is perhaps best loved for its outstanding fall color that starts out clear yellow before changing to red and purple.


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