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Jeffersonia diphylla - (L.)Pers.
                 
Common Name Twinleaf, Rheumatism Root
Family Berberidaceae
USDA hardiness 5-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Very rare in the wild, it is found in limestone soils and rich woods near rivers[43, 222].
Range Eastern N. America - New York and Ontario to Alabama and west to Wisconsin.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade

Summary
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Upright or erect.

Jeffersonia diphylla Twinleaf, Rheumatism Root


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 129
Jeffersonia diphylla Twinleaf, Rheumatism Root
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Physical Characteristics
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Jeffersonia diphylla is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
J. binata. Podophyllum diphyllum.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Cancer;  Diuretic;  Emetic;  Expectorant;  Poultice;  Tonic.

The whole plant is antispasmodic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant and tonic[21, 46, 218, 222]. An infusion is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dropsy, gravel and urinary problems[257]. The root is emetic in large doses and expectorant in smaller doses[207]. The root contains berberine, which has been shown to have anti-tumour activity[218]. A poultice of the plant is applied to sores, ulcers and inflamed parts[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Rock garden, Woodland garden. Prefers a light sandy, peaty or humus-rich woodland soil and a rather shady situation[1, 130, 280]. Suitable for a choice position in a cool leafy soil[187]. Plants are hardy to at least -20°c[187]. A slow-growing plant[188]. Plants have an extensive root system and resent disturbance[188]. They should be pot-grown and planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible. Special Features:North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in late winter or the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring[200].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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