Paris thibetica (Whorled Honey Flower)

Paris thibetica (Whorled Honey Flower)

Family:  Melanthiaceae
Zone: 5 - 9
Natural Range: Himalayas; North India, China
Soil:  Moist, humus rich
Light:  Shade, part sun
Attributes:  Deciduous, 1' - 2' tall.  Unusual whorled leaves surrounding flowers. Blooms consist of up to 8 green sepals with long yellow thread like petals and a round purple ovary. In the fall a pollinated flower will burst open revealing orange seeds.  Rhizomes are very similar to Trillium.
Notes:  Paris thibetica has narrower leaves than P. polyphylla.  The Genus Paris are Asiatic cousins of Trilliums, called the honey - flower family.  Only five species of Trillium are found in Asia while more than 20 species of Paris are found there.  Paris have a combination of whorled foliage and whorled sepals that create textural interest, making them look unusal in contrast to their more familiar cousins.  Paris look especially unique when planted in cvompination with Cardiocrinum, Podophyllum and Arisaema
Companion plants:  Epimedium, Rodgersia, ferns, Podophyllum, Disporum, Trillium, Paris, Smilacina, Actaea
Paris thibetica (Whorled Honey Flower)

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