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Plant Details

Pterocaulon pycnostachyum

Blackroot, Wingstem, Densespike Blackroot, Fox-tail, Coastal Blackroot

Scientific Name:

Pterocaulon pycnostachyum

Common Name:

Blackroot, Wingstem, Densespike Blackroot, Fox-tail, Coastal Blackroot

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

16 to 32 in

Light:

shade, part-sun

Soil Moisture:

xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

May, June

Bloom Area:

common on Coast

Habitat Description:

“Sandhills, dry pinelands, pine flatwoods (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Not available in retail. Everlasting Bud Moth caterpillars eat the flowers. Nectar source for the Gray Hairstreak, Whirlabout Skipper and the Zebra Swallowtail butterflies.

In bloom

Blackroot is easily recognized by its winged stem and dense flower spike.

image

Paynter, Carolina Beach State Park, August 2012

Distinctive leaves and stem

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Paynter, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve, Brunswick Co, mid-May, 2012

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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