When does this bloom?
Where does this bloom?
Common in deciduous forests, open rocky areas.
Galax is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant growing to 30-45 cm (rarely 75 cm) tall, with a rosette of leathery leaves which grow only at the base of the plant, and turn reddish-brown during winter. The leaves are a rounded cardioid (heart) shape, 2.5-7.5 cm diameter, rarely up to 15 cm, with a serrated margin with rounded “teeth”. The flowers are produced in late spring to early summer, white in color and on a single spike-like raceme 15-25 cm long on top of a 20-50 cm tall stem. Each individual flower has five petals, and is up to 4 mm or 0.15 inches in diameter. The fruit is a small capsule containing numerous seeds.
The leaves are often harvested for the floristry industry; concern has been expressed over excessive exploitation, and collection is now restircted in many areas. It has also been used in herbalism to treat cuts and kidney ailments. It is occasionally grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.
Galax is primarily used as an attractive ground cover. The leaves are a dark glassy green in the summer and turn bronze-red in winter. Plants should be spaced about 25cm apart each way.