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Chloranthus japonicus


Chloranthus japonicus is an unusual and rare shade perennial with cool foliage and feathery white flowers like "electrocuted pipe cleaners".

Chloranthus japonicus is an unusual and rare shade perennial that emerges in early spring with warm burgundy stems with a whorl of four mid green, textured, slightly shiny, serrated leaves each about 3-5 inches long topped with a short spike of feathery white flowers that Tony Avent describes as resembling an "electrocuted pipe cleaner". How can you resist? Clumps grow to about 16 inches high and wide. Average to moist soils in part sun to part shade.

Common Name: Japanese Chloranthus

Family: Chloranthaceae (The Chloranthus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-8

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour: Burgundy

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Forests especially in shaded, wet places along streamsides from 100-2300 metres.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Asia and the Pacific - North Central and Eastern Asia

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