This is a low growing, evergreen perennial that I wasn’t really aware of until a couple of years ago when I noticed a shiny carpet in the forest, somewhere in late summer. Wow, what’s this?
The goldthread has white, small but rich in nectar flowers in early summer and glossy, small leaves with 3 leaflets, forming compact mats, 5-10 cm tall.
It would look great in any shady, moist location, around ponds, bog gardens and crevices of the rockery.
Other uses: The name goldthread comes from the golden-yellow, thin rhizomes that were chewed by Native Americans to treat mouth sores, and later used as ingredients in gargles for sore throats and eye washes.
Germination: not much information is available, but members of Ranunculaceae family don’t have a reputation as easy germinators so I did some more research – and the update is – seeds should be sown fresh/kept moist and undergo a warm/cold cycle for germination, which can happen in the second year regardless.
Sow outdoors in the fall or in the spring after cold-moist stratification)