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Plant Details

Elephantopus tomentosus

Elephant's Foot, Common Elephant's-foot, Devil's Grandmother

Scientific Name:

Elephantopus tomentosus

Common Name:

Elephant's Foot, Common Elephant's-foot, Devil's Grandmother

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

pink to pale purple, rarely white

Size in Feet:

.3 to 2

Light:

part-sun, shade

Soil Moisture:

sub-xeric to sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

August - November

Bloom Area:

common in Coast and Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Habitat Description:

Woodlands and woodland borders, usually fairly dry.

In bloom

Small though the flowers are, Elephant's Foot attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

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Paynter, Wilmington, 9.1.2013

Closeup of flowers

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Paynter, Wilmington, 9.1.2013

Plant structure

The large hairy leaves flat to the ground give the plant one of its common names. The stem has few or no small leaves and divides into the flowering stalks.

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Paynter, Wilmington, September

Basal leaves

Common Elephant's Foot (E. tomentosus) is very like its close relative, Smooth Elephant's Foot (E. nudatus). The leaves are wider and the dense hairs, especially on the underside, are spreading or reflexed, not appressed

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Paynter, Wilmington

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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