Triosteum pinnatifidum is a Chinese species of a small genus found in both North America and Asia, belonging to the Caprifoliaceae. This isn't very evident at first glimpse, but the small flowers are tubular, and the fruits are large and fleshy, so the similarities to Lonicera, for example, are somewhat evident to the botanical eye. The flowers are insignificant and at this time of year best overlooked, and although the white fruits are attractive later on, it's the foliage that is the finest thing about the plant. The leaves are in two pairs, at right angles to each other, at the top of the shoot. They are quite strongly hairy, deeply lobed in the upper half, and have bright red veins: I think they provide some of the most striking foliage in the garden.
|Trillium erectum f. albiflorum|