Romanzoffia sitchensis – Romanzoffia suksdorfii –


Romanzoffia –
There are about 5 mat or mound forming, clump forming annuals or perennials, in the waterleaf family, in this genus. They occur in shaded, rocky, alpine, or woodland habitats in Western North America and the Aleutian Islands. They produce tufts of rounded or kidney shaped, lobed or deeply scalloped, leathery leaves which seldom exceed 2″ long. Leaves die back after flowering and re-emerge in autumn. The bell shaped flowers, each with 5 rounded petal lobes and conspicuous anthers, are borne in raceme like cymes in late spring or summer. Suitable for a woodland garden or rock garden.
Grow in moist but well drained, humus rich, neutral to acidic soil in deep or partial shade. Divide in early spring.
Prone to snails and slugs.

R. sitchensis – R. suksdorfii – This tufted perennial found from Alaska to Montana grows 4-12″ tall and 6″ wide. From swollen roots it produces kidney shaped, deeply lobed, glossy, dark green leaves, up to 1 1/4″ long. In early summer, bears very small funnel shaped white flowers, 3/8″ long, with yellow petal bases and deep yellow anthers, in branching, terminal, raceme like cyme, to 6″ long on stems up to 12″ tall.
Zones 5-8