Xanthorhiza simplicissima


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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Yellowroot is a cool little deciduous shrub that acts like a 2 foot high running ground cover as it colonizes over good or poor ground. Found in the wild along shady streamsides primarily in the central eastern states but ranging from Maine to Texas, Yellowroot has bright green fern or astilbe-like leaves that turn a nice yellow in the fall, and it is named for its bright yellow wood and roots. Stems are unbranched and grow a few inches taller each year. The early spring flowers are small, curious, and dark purple. This plant is easy to grow in good soil and part shade, but will also grow in dry shade as well as moist sun. Consider it as an underplanting for taller shrubs or trees, to fill in shady spots, or even as a woody ground cover in moist, sunny places, and give it room to spread. Under good conditions, the planting will become very dense. With a mature planting, you can mow it down on a very high setting to reinvigorate it.



Rain Garden

Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Light Exposure

Full shade, Mostly shady,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderately moist,



full quart


24 to 36

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Early spring, Mid spring



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9