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Chamaedaphne calyculata


  • »  Great for moist/wet areas
  • »  White bell-shaped flowers
  • »  Blooms in April and May
  • »  Evergreen
  • »  Winter interest
  • »  Provides cover for frogs, toads and other wildlife
  • »  Will spread to form colonies

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Little known but great looking and well adapted to wet areas, Leatherleaf is a low growing shrub that forms a dense, spreading thicket. Its thick, leathery evergreen foliage points upward while its tiny white flowers bloom below the upturned foliage along its branches from April to June and have a delicate refreshing scent. These nodding, bell shaped blooms are a larval food source for many butterflies especially the Coleophora Butterflies and the plant offers great cover and nesting for a myriad of native critters. Plant Leatherleaf in partial to full shade for best's one of the best least known plants you can get for your Rain Garden!

Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring
Early Summer
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Partial Shade
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Chamaedaphne calyculata

Best in acidic, peaty, moist to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Plants will spread by rhizomes to form dense thickets over time.