Trachystemon orientalis /Abraham- Isaac-Jacob, Oriental Trachystemo

Trachystemon orientalis  / Trachystemon orientalis
Ground cover of dense foliage
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Ground cover of dense foliage

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Clump of low, mounding foliage



Coarse-textured foliage

Close view of large heart-shaped leaves

A handsome ground cover planting at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden

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Scientific Name: Trachystemon orientalis
Common Name: Abraham- Isaac-Jacob, Oriental Trachystemo
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Blue, Purple
Light Exposure: Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This is an interesting and unusual ground cover that produces bristly leaves somewhat similar to hostas but are grouped in a more random fashion. Blue, star-shaped flowers appear in spring. Reported that the foliage is edible and is used much like spinach.