American ipecac grows very well in rocky, open woodlands. In hot, sunny areas, it will appreciate a little afternoon shade. Distinctive, serrated foliage changes from green in the growing season to red, orange, and yellow once fall approaches. The delicate flowers have five white petals and try to put on a nice show but don't seem to try too hard. Bees and the occasional butterfly or skipper will visit in search of nectar and pollen.
Ipecac is pronounced just like you would expect.
Uses: foliage, medicinal, drought tolerant
Bloom time: June
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Space: 1 to 2 feet
Sun: Sun to shade
Moisture: Dry to average