Plant Care Bowman's Root

Bowman's Root

About Bowman's Root

Bowman’s root is a perennial flowering plant in the Rosaceae or rose family. It is native to the eastern United States and Canada and spans from southern Ontario to Georgia. It can also be found west to Kentucky, Arkansas, and Louisiana. It blooms with five-petaled white flowers on wiry red stems from late spring to early summer.


Gillenia trifoliata

Also known as

Bowman's root and Indian physic

How to care for Bowman's Root


How often to water your Bowman's Root

Water needs for Bowman's Root
0.5 cups
every 9

Bowman's Root needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bowman's Root in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bowman's Root: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bowman's Root love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bowman's Root does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Bowman's Root

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bowman's Root: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bowman's Root after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Bowman's Root is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Bowman's Root

Bowman's Root

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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