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Linnaea borealis


Linnaea borealis or twinflower is a lovely native ground cover producing pairs of sweetly fragrant, trumpet-shaped pink flowers.

Linnaea borealis or twinflower is a lovely native ground cover forming open, creeping mats of small, shiny leaves and thin flowering stems that branch to produce two side-by-side pairs of sweetly fragrant, trumpet-shaped, light pink flowers. An established patch can be smelled from 10 feet away if the breeze is right! The species is circumboreal occuring across Canada and much of the Northern Hemisphere. It was named in honour of Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern botanical nomenclature. Plant with even moisture but good drainage. Avoid overly rich, high humus soils. Most likely pollinated by small native bees and moths.

Common Name: Twinflower

Family: Caprifoliaceae (The Honeysuckle Family)

Zone Hardiness: 2-9

Light: Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: under 4"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Bees, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Moist, shady woods, forests, forest openings, and forest margins and along pathways from sea level to the subalpine, often in thin, rocky soils or growing in the moss layer.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Asia and the Pacific - North Central and Eastern Asia

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