White moths


Latin name:
North America.
Alternative name:

Gillenia trifoliate is an amazing perennial herbaceous plant. It is undeservedly rarely planted in "Russian" gardens. Gilenia has many advantages, the plant is a beautifully leafy compact shrub with straight strong stems that do not require a garter. Numerous elegant white flowers shower gillenia from late May to late June, and in autumn it adorns the garden with its bright foliage. The powerful root system of gillenia provides good nutrition for the same powerful aboveground part of the plant, which reaches a height of 1.2-1.3 m. The stems are thin, strong, and painted in bright colors. purple color. They grow densely and form a very compact bush. From bottom to top, the stems are deciduous. Leaves are dark green opaque opposite almost sessile, trifoliate; leaf lobes are lanceolate-elongated with convex veins. White flowers with five narrow lobes of the perianth (corolla) 1-1. 2 cm long look like small moths perched on a green bush. After flowering, gillenia can be subjected to a topiary haircut, although it is beautiful without it.


The plant is universal: it is suitable for both mass and solitary plantings. It can live in one place for more than 10 years. It grows easily in any soil, does not require special care. It responds well to top dressing, which is carried out in the spring and during the flowering period. For top dressing, a complete mineral fertilizer is used, for example, "Kemira-Combi" with a standard concentration of 10-15 g/m2.


If desired, after flowering can be subjected to a haircut.


Moderate throughout the season. Gillenia is able to withstand a mild drought.


Propagate vegetatively by dividing the bush and spring cuttings "with a heel". The bush is divided either in spring, when it can be divided into small parts, or in autumn. Autumn plots should be large, so that the plant reliably overwinters. Cuttings are cut from the root neck in the spring if they have 2-3 internodes. They are usually rooted in a micro-shrub.

You can propagate gillenia and sowing seeds. Seeds are harvested late in the fall. Sow them in the fall under the snow or in March indoors.


It grows well in any light, but when planted in an open sunny area, the flowering time is reduced.


Winter-hardy crop, no shelter required for winter, frost-resistant.

Diseases and pests

Practically absent.

Additional information


The best time to plant gillenia is in spring, but you can plant until the end of August. To do this, prepare a landing pit measuring 40 x 40 cm. Fill it with fertile land or compost, add 1 tablespoon of full complex fertilizer and 1 cup of ash. After such a planting, the plant can not be fed for 2 years.

Regular transplanting is not required.

Care summary

Cultivation simple
Watering moderate throughout the season
Transplanting does not require regular use
Appearance maintenance not required
Location anywhere in the garden
Temperature winter hardy, frost-resistant
Flowering time from late May to late June
Height 1.2-1.3 m


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