Yellow Mountain-Avens

Yellow Mountain-Avens is an evergreen perennial that is sometimes considered to be a small shrub. It forms woody roots and the plant often grows into thick, low mats. The flowers it produces are pale yellow and the seeds are highly distinct, producing feathery plumes that twist together.

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Description
Latin Name Dryas drummondii
Type Herb
Description Yellow Mountain-Avens is an evergreen perennial that is sometimes considered to be a small shrub. It forms woody roots and the plant often grows into thick, low mats. The flowers it produces are pale yellow and the seeds are highly distinct, producing feathery plumes that twist together.
Height and Spread  10 – 15 cm tall. 30 – 60 cm spread.
Bloom Colour Pale yellow.
Bloom Months April, May, June.
Foliage Colour Dark, silvery-green.
Seed Months June, July.
Light and Water Generally in open conditions, somewhat shade tolerant though. Often grows in areas with snow melt – likes moist conditions.
Ethnobotany Information In the Northwest Territories First Nations peoples would watch the twisting of the Mountain-Aven seed as the time to move inland to hunt caribou. The Secwepemc people also used this plant as a heart medicine.
Wildlife Uses The feather-like seeds are useful for birds and small mammals for habitat building.
Garden Uses Yellow Mountain-Avens are particularly beautiful to preserve the twisted, dried seed heads. The flowers themselves also add an alpine-like aspect to native plant gardens.
Facts This species is often available commercially, prized for its flowers and seed heads.
Propagation Techniques Yellow Mountain-Avens is most commonly propagated by layering and cuttings.