Gillenia- Indian Physic

Little known perennial plant, shrubby in appearance. At one time it was sometimes referred to as a Spiraea.


Its firm growth and small, but striking flowers make it a valuable plant in the herbaceous border, especially in the increasingly popular white gardens.


It appears that clay will give better results than sandy soil. Poor soil must in any case be thoroughly manured. The position must be very well drained in winter. Full sun or partial shade.


By division or from seed.

Gillenia trifoliata: Height 70-120 cm; flowers in early to mid summer. The flowers have white petals and red calyxes which are retained for a long time. The stalks are reddish, with few leaves.

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