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Plant Details

Leucothoe axillaris

Coastal Doghobble

Scientific Name:

Leucothoe axillaris

Common Name:

Coastal Doghobble

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Large Evergreen Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

6 ft 0 in

Light:

shade

Bloom Time:

late March - April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast, rare in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Pocosins, blackwater swamp forests, and moist and acid slopes.

In bloom

Coastal Doghobble gets its common name from the dense tangled growth it forms in pocosins. The leaves and nectar are said to be poisonous. It is endemic to the SE Coastal Plain.

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Paynter, Wilmington, 2013, April 14

In bud

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Seed capsules

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Wilmington, 2011, March 23

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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