American Alum Root is a small, mounding herbaceous
perennial with attractive leaf color. It has fibrous roots and a
mounded rosette of attractive leaves highlighted with colorful veins or
marbling. The palmately lobed leaves emerge in a dense spiral from a
short central crown and can be green or variegated in shades of purple,
bronze or cream. Flower panicles emerge in the spring on leafless
stalks above the leaves. The individual tiny flowers are bell-shaped
with protruding stamens and are greenish or creamy with a pinkish tint.
American Alum Root is native to SE Canada to the USA. In nature, it can
be found growing in rocky forests and rock outcrops, particularly where
soils are acidic. It is commonly cultivated as a houseplant for its
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.
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