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Galax urceolata/Galax

Galax urceolata / Galax urceolata
Fresh, summer foliage on plant growing in rich humus
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Fresh, summer foliage on plant growing in rich humus

Summer foliage

Late season color due to drought stress

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Scientific Name: Galax urceolata
Common Name: Galax
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: This is a delightful perennial for the shade garden in the upper part of the country. It cannot tolerate the hot, humid conditins of the Lower South. It is paricularly prevelant in the Appalachian Mountains and at other high elevation in the Northeastern U.S. It grows in woodlands that contain a lot of humus in the soils. The round to heart-shaped leaves are quite leathery and under ideal conditions can be up to nearly six inches in diameter. They condition well as a cut foliage and will last for months in water. Galax is a popular foliage for hand-held wedding bouquets.