Patrinia villosa
Common Name: patrinia
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Native Range: Japan
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers rich, humusy soils. Tolerant of hot and humid summers. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Patrinia villosa is a stoloniferous, clump-forming plant which typically grows in a mound 2-3' tall. Tiny white flowers (to 3/16" across) appear in loose clusters (cymes) slightly above the foliage in late summer. Flowers are followed by attractive seed heads. Coarsely-toothed, simple to pinnatifid, ovate leaves (to 6" long).

Genus name honors Eugene L. M. Patrin (1724-1815), French mineralogist who travelled from 1780 to 1787 in Siberia and elsewhere in Asia and collected plants as well as minerals.

Specific epithet means covered with small hairs.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Borders. Cottage gardens. Valued for long, late summer bloom.