Dentaria diphylla
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Dentaria diphylla


  family cruciferae 
  genus dentaria 

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Genus  Dentaria Species  diphylla Variety  Cultivar  Common names  toothwort   crinkleroot Family  CRUCIFERAE Specimen number  S11553 Data source  HtZn p106
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Seasonal bulb Life span  1 - 3 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6" - 1' 4" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial to full shade Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-07b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Dentaria diphylla can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. Toothwort (also known as crinkleroot) needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is rich. Partial to full shade is best for growing this species. It likes moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Division   Rhizome Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Dentaria diphylla can be propagated by division or using the plant's rhizomes.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Dentaria diphylla is a seasonal bulb. Flowers: Toothwort (locally known in some parts as crinkleroot) has loose clusters of four petaled bell-shaped flowers. Flowers begin in March and don't stop until May. The flowers are usually either white or pink.

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