Philadelphus lewisii – Wild Mock Orange

Published on May 29, 2012 by Casey

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Wild Mock Orange
Wild Mock Orange

Upright and aggressive, this plant’s medium green, oval leaves serve as the backdrop for pure white, fragrant single flowers that will cover the plant during its June bloom. Perfect for border or hedging, this easy care plant is a butterfly magnet with its immense bloom and abundant nectar.

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  • Tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions
  • Nectar rich flowers are a butterfly magnet
  • Birds love its profuse seeds
  • Perfect for hedging and border plantings
  • Fragrant bloom with a distinct citrus scent
  • Native pollinators love its blooms

Native Range

Coastal rocky shores of Washington south into California and east into Montana

Native Trivia

This species of Philadelphus was named after Meriwether Lewis who found it in 1806 during his famous Lewis & Clark expedition to the northwest. Native Americans used the exceedingly hard wood of this plant for combs, bows, arrows and fishing spears

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Medium to Tall Shrubs
    • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
    • Filtered Shade
    • Sun
    • Well-drained
    Soil Moisture Preference
    • Moist but well-drained
    Attracts Wildlife
    • Beneficial insects
    • Butterflies
    • Hummingbirds
    Bloom Time
    • Summer
    Habitat Collection
    • Butterfly
    • Songbird
    Foliage Color
    • Green
    • Fragrant
    • Border
    • Hedge, screen

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