Cryptotaenia canadensis – HONEWORT

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Carrot family wildflower with tiny white flowers and more ornamental leaves. Not showy, but with very high wildlife value – it is the host plant for Black Swallowtail Butterfly (like other plants of this family) and plenty of native bees, flies, wasps and small beetles. Young leaves are edible and resemblance to parsley (the whole plant is edible). Combine with other woodland species (woodland asters or Solidago, ferns etc.), it will look good with robust structural plants like Hosta too. Can be used as (partly) ground covering plant.

Picture copyright : Fritz Flohr Reynolds / Flickr

Blooming time : June–July, then sporadically

Size: usually 1-2’ high x 1 wide.

USDA zones : 4 to 8.

Culture: light shade to shade, average to loamy soil with some decaying organic material.

Moisture Needs : medium-dry, medium to moist

Origin: native plant to many states in the central-eastern part of USA - AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV. It grows naturally in moist to mesic deciduous woodlands, woodland edges and borders, along stream borders, shady edges of yards, fence rows – in areas with some disturbance in the past, but also in higher quality woodlands.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : pollinator perennial – host for Black Swallowtail Butterfly, native bees, wasps and beetles.

Attracts Hummingbirds : no

Pot Size : 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)