Hacquetia epipactis

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Hacquetia epipactis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Hacquetia
Species: H. epipactis
Binomial name
Hacquetia epipactis
(Scop.) DC.

Hacquetia epipactis (syn. Dondia epipactis Spreng.) is a species of flowering plant of the Apiaceae family, native to moist, shady woodland habitats in Europe. The only species of its genus, it is a rhizomatous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial, growing to about 30 cm in height, with glossy green leaves which only fully develop after flowering. The flowers, appearing late winter and early spring, consist of multiple tiny yellow florets framed by lime green bracts, and carried in dense spherical umbels 4 cm in diameter.[1][2] It is easy to cultivate in Plant Hardiness Zones 5 to 7 according to the United States Department of Agriculture (though it is hardier than indicated and can be grown easily down to at least Zone 3), and looks best in a woodland setting which imitates its native habitat.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

Known cultivars include 'Thor' - a variegated variety.

The name epipactis comes from a Greek word for plants thought to curdle milk.[4]


  1. ^ Christopher D. Brickell (2008). RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1-4053-3296-5. 
  2. ^ How to grow: Hacquetia epipactis - Telegraph
  3. ^ RHS Plant Selector Hacquetia epipactis AGM / RHS Gardening
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-84533-731-5. 

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