Plant Details

Bartonia verna [= Centaurella verna]

White Screwstem, Spring Bartonia, White Bartonia

Scientific Name:

Bartonia verna [= Centaurella verna]

Common Name:

White Screwstem, Spring Bartonia, White Bartonia

Plant Family

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):


Size in Feet:

2 in to 8 in

Soil Moisture:

mesic to hygric(*)

Bloom Time:

February-April, rarely as early as November or as late as June

Bloom Area:


Habitat Description:

Wet pine savannas, shores of Coastal Plain depression ponds, other moist sands

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed, G5 - Secure (*)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

In bloom

Uncommon in our area (and hard to see!), White Screwstem has a tiny white flower, threadlike stem and opposite, scalelike leaves less than 1/4" long.


© Chuck Carmack, April 7, Moores Creek National Battlefield


Look closely to see the tiny, scalelike leaves. Click to enlarge.


Paynter, April 7, 2013, Moores Creek National Battlefield

Petal number

Normally, all Bartonias have 4 petals but the flower on the left has five.


Paynter, Moores Creek, 4.7.2013


USDA PLANTS Database Record

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