Hexastylis Arifolia - Little Brown Jug
Hexastylis arifolia, also known as the Little Brown Jug, and Heartleaf Ginger is a member of the Birthwort Family or Aristolochiaceae. This plant is a great addition to any garden or natural area found within backyards for its physical appearance and requirements. Below are reasons why you should consider this unique plant for your garden.
The common name is evident in the five brown jug-shaped flowers that are located at the base of the plant. It typically grows between 6 inches and 12 inches in height. Spreading a couple of inches while it grows, this plant provides exceptional ground cover. This perennial wildflower is known for its chordate or heart-shaped leaves with flowers forming one at a time on the ends of the rhizomes.
This plant requires partly to heavily shaded areas. Although they can survive with a good amount of light, they prefer to thrive in a shade garden.
Water and Soil Requirements
The Little Brown Jug prefers medium water use. If planted in the summer months, be mindful that it may require more water.
As for the soil requirements, this plant thrives in rich soils that have loam or sand. They can survive in either dry or moist soils with an acidic level of pH 5 or 6.
Bloom and Leaves Color
The bloom color of Hexastylis arifolia is typically purple or bronze. The blooms themselves are often inconspicuous. The leaf color ranges from green to silver, often being multi-color with a blend of these two shades.
Many choose to plant the Little Brown Jug in their gardens because they are highly ornamental, evergreen, easy to maintain.
This wildflower also provides a great deal of ground cover with vibrant colors ranging from purple to brown in the blooms and green or silver in the leaves.
ReviewsJames R. MalcomEarlier today, I noticed a couple of these plants growing in a patch of woods in N. Charleston SC. I recognized it as a popular decorative plant, so I dug up a specimen. Not knowing exactly what it was, I turned to Twitter and was duly informed by one of my followers. Cut, paste and Google led me here, where you posted a far better and more detailed description than Wikipedia. For this, I thank you. May you, your nursery and gardens thrive.Jackie
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