In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Clintonia plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Clintonia is a genus of woodland plants that are hardy perennials in nature.
Clintonia has green tongue shaped leaves. They bloom in the late spring with pink, white, or yellow bell shaped flowers.
They range in height from about 20 cm to 60 cm (8 to 24 inches).
Common names for some of the members of the Clintonia genus include Queen cup, Corn Lily, Bride's bonnet, and Bluebeard.
Clintonia uniflora (Queen's Cup) by Brewbooks.
Clintonia Picture by Chuck B.
Clintonia borealis (Blue-bead lily) by Peupleloup.
If planning to grow Clintonia plant from seed outdoors, then fresh seed should be sown in the summer.
Clintonia should be sown into flats that have been sank in the ground in a shady area, and seed lightly covered. The flat should then be covered in glass. After two years of growth the seedlings should be transplanted.
If you plan to grow indoors first, then they should be started at the end of winter. Seeds usually take from between one to three months to germinate.
Clintonia seedlings should be planted into a shady area in the autumn, with a spacing of about 18 cm (7 inches). Ideally the soil should be rich and acidic.
Clintonia should be watered regularly during the summer months.
The Clintonia genus includes around 5 species.
Clintonia plants, known for their attractive leaves and bell-shaped flowers, are a great choice for woodland gardens or shaded landscapes.
Often, gardeners choose to grow Clintonia borealis (Blue bead lily) for its unique blue berries and pretty flowers.
Many Clintonia species have a subtle, pleasant fragrance, particularly when in bloom.
Clintonia plants thrive in shaded, cool locations with well-drained soil.
Presently, Clintonia is not considered invasive in the USA.
To remove Clintonia, carefully dig up the plants, ensuring that all roots are removed to prevent regrowth.
The Clintonia genus, part of the Liliaceae family, is native to North America and East Asia. These perennial plants are known for their broad, glossy leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers in white, yellow, or green, which bloom in spring or early summer, often followed by attractive berries.
To grow Clintonia, plant them in a shaded location with moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds or divisions. Regular watering is necessary. They are often used in woodland gardens or as ground cover for their attractive foliage, delicate blooms, and berries.