A most interesting perennial with leaves arranged in two whorls on flowering plants; young plants will have just one whorl of 5+ leaves. Flowers appear in the late spring, in clusters of 3-9, in the axils of the leaves. They have a strange look with backwards curled tepals, exerted stamens and red stigmas; dark blue berries in the fall.
Its most ornamental feature shows up in the fall when the leaf blades become red-tinged at the base, contrasting with the dark purple berries.
As its common name suggests, the rhizomes are edible, with a cucumber taste and odor, and were used by the Natives Americans.
Germination: Medeola belongs to the category of ‘2 years seeds’: 2 periods of cold with 1 of warmth in between are required for germination. Sow in late fall and keep the pots outdoors in a shaded area, water regularly and be patient. Please read more: