Indian Physic (Porteranthus stipulatus)

Indian Physic (Porteranthus stipulatus) – This compact, somewhat formal, plant gets to about 2-3 feet tall, and has white, star shaped flowers in early summer. Leaves are lighter green through summer and turn an attractive burnt red in the fall. Indian Physic will do well in a variety of conditions including dry or moist soils, full sun to shade. The common name comes from the Native Americans’ former medicinal use of the plant’s roots for an emetic.

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