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Hydrastis canadensis

Golden will be the first word to enter your mind when you see the roots, rhizomes and dormant buds of Hydrastis canadensis. You'll understand immediately why the common name is "Goldenseal".  This very useful native woodland plant will not only charm and entertain you Spring, Summer and Autumn, it can even heal you. Well.......I'd better be careful not to prescribe here and let my friend Stephen Foster tell you about the health benefits of Hydrastis canadensis. I will say that I have used it successfully to cure sore throats and to treat cold and influenza symptoms.

Hydrastis canadensis is native to almost every state east of the Mississippi and will grow happily in just about any soil conditions. I would guess that hardiness and heat tolerance are USDA zones 4-10.

I grow Hydrastis canadensis in several places in my gardens, from full shade to dappled sunlight. It makes a wonderful groundcover as the 6"-12" leaves on 6"-12" plants overlap and shade out weeds.

The large, medium green, deeply textured Oak/Maple shaped leaves stay rich and supple all the growing season long and make a perfect foil for their frilly white, ephemeral flowers in early Spring and their bright red, raspberry like fruit in Autumn.

Here are some evolutionary, seasonal images of Hydrastis canadensis from early Spring to late Autumn, emergence, and flower to fruit and here's a beautiful hand colored botanical illustration from days past showing all seasons and parts of the plant.

This long-lived native perennial is very easy to grow from seed and left to its own devices will make a lovely colony in just a few years.

As with all of the other members of the Ranunculaceae family, the voluminous herds of deer that traverse my farm daily have NEVER touched this graceful plant.

I've built up a good stock of "Goldenseal" to share with you, and promise that you'll really enjoy growing it and watching its seasonal changes

I'll be sending you large, 5 year old bareroot plants. They'll arrive on your doorstep with their roots wrapped in long fibered, unmilled sphagnum moss. This biodegradable material is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and a very useful recyclable material.

The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.

4   for $ 25.00  delivered ($6.25 ea)
9   for $ 50.00  delivered ($5.50 ea)
15  for $ 75.00  delivered ($5.00 ea)
25  for $100.00  delivered ($4.00 ea)

Larger quantities at even lower prices upon request.

Ordering couldn't be easier! Just fill out the order form at

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Last modified February 19, 2020