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Plant Details

Elephantopus nudatus

Smooth Elephant's Foot, Coastal Plain Elephant's Foot

Scientific Name:

Elephantopus nudatus

Common Name:

Smooth Elephant's Foot, Coastal Plain Elephant's Foot

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Pink, Purple

Size in Feet:

.5 to 2

Light:

part-sun, shade

Soil Moisture:

sub-xeric to sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Bloom Area:

common on Coast, rare in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Woodlands and woodland borders, usually fairly dry.

Flowers

Very similar to the flowers of Common Elephant's Foot but the phyllaries (the bracts below the flowers) lack the long white hairs.

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Paynter, Wilmington, 2010

Flower with nectaring Skipper butterfly

Elephantopus species are excellent butterfly plants.

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Plants showing plant structure and habitat

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Basal leaves

Basal leaves usually lie flat on the ground with few stem leaves. The basal leaves are less hairy and not as wide (under 7 cm) as Common Elephant's Foot. The hairs underneath the leaf on the midrib are less dense and often appressed.

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Paynter, Wilmington, August 2013

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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