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Item ID: 3500
Genus: Philadelphus
Plant Lists: California Natives, Deer Resistant, Great For Shade, Dry Shade, Fragrant, Plants For Cutting, Wild Life, Under Oaks, Butterflies
Plant Type: Shrub
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Philadelphus lewisii
“Wild Mock-orange”

Philadelphus lewisii “Wild Mock-orange” 

In early Summer Philadelphus lewisii covers itself with a profusion of large 2” pure white flowers, each with a boss of yellow stamens.  The fragrance is amazing: orange-blossom with a hint of pineapple. Yum! Discovered in 1906 by Meriwether Lewis, “Wild Mock-orange” is widespread through northwestern California, Montana & it is the state flower of Idaho. Its habitat varies & I have seen it in semi-shaded Californian woodlands as well as poking out of volcanic cracks in blazing hot “Craters of the Moon”, Idaho. In gardens, it thrives in semi-shade & makes a great background shrub or specimen plant. The shrub can get large (4-10’ tall & 6-12’ wide) so make sure to give it space to grow. Poor soil is OK & it requires  little water although it may lose it leaves prematurely in very dry soil.

Anni J.
Propagator

Sun-Pt.Shade
Low Water

(MODERATELY)

Deciduous Shrub
USDA Zones 4-10

Item ID: 3500
Genus: Philadelphus
Plant Lists: California Natives, Deer Resistant, Great For Shade, Dry Shade, Fragrant, Plants For Cutting, Wild Life, Under Oaks, Butterflies
Plant Type: Shrub