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Herbaceous Perennial

Mitella breweri

Brewer's mitrewort

A compact evergreen perennial to around 15cm high, forming a small clump of heart-shaped to rounded, hairy green leaves with scalloped edges, held on long stalks. In late spring and summer, tall slender stems bear one-sided spikes of tiny yellow-green flowers with fringed petals

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green Green
Summer Yellow Green Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

A small genus of clump-forming, rhizomatous perennials, occurring in woodlands of East Asia and North America. Lobed, mid- or dark-green glossy leaves are stalked, ovate or heart-shaped. Slender, often one-sided racemes are carried on long upright stems in summer. Pale flowers are tiny, pendent or horizontal, each with five fringed petals

Name status

Correct

Plant range
W North America

How to grow

Cultivation

Thrives in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil in dappled shade. Works well planted in drifts as ground cover in a shady corner or a woodland garden

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division in spring. Plants will self-seed in place

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Ground cover
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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