Medeola virginiana is a slender, upright perennial wildflower that grows 1-2.5’ tall on a single, unbranched stem rising up each year from a crisp, edible rhizome. It is native to rich moist woodlands with acidic soil in eastern North America. Leaves that grow below the fruit develop red areas on the surface, matching the color of the dark fruit.
Also known as
Medeola, Indian cucumber-root and Indian cucumber
How to care for Medeola
Medeola needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Medeola may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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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 Medeola after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.