Porteranthus stipulatus

Bowman's Root

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Plant Description

Bowman's Root is an attractive, unassuming wildflower that is common in rich, moist, acidic woods of eastern North America. In the wild, it modestly flowers on its sprawling stems. But give Bowman's Root good soil and a tad more sun, and it will form well-branched 4 by 3 foot clumps in a couple years time. One inch, narrow, five-petaled, star-shaped flowers appear in clouds in late spring and early summer. Flowers, resembling very narrow-petaled apple blossoms, are white with red sepals and flutter in the slightest breeze. They are especially enhanced by the dark reddish, wiry, stems and dark green, 3-parted leaves. Bowman's Root is useful for giving color in the partly shaded garden after most of the spring wildflowers have finished. The red in Columbine flowers looks great with the reddish stems of Bowman's Root. It would also look great with Blue Star, Purple Alumroot, Beard-tongues, and Bleeding Heart.



Rain Garden

Good Fall Color

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Half and half, Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Organic, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist




36in or taller 24 to 36in, 24 to 36in

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late spring, Early summer



Hardiness Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8