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Diodella teres [= Diodia teres, Hexasepalum teres]

Poorjoe, Rough Buttonweed

Scientific Name:

Diodella teres [= Diodia teres, Hexasepalum teres]

Genus:

Diodella

Species Epithet:

teres

Common Name:

Poorjoe, Rough Buttonweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dunes, sandy roadsides, glades, hardpans, other dry habitats (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Poorjoe in bloom

The common name refers to the impoverished soil this species prefers. One of our toughest natives, it can be found on roadsides, scrapes, landfills, agricultural fields and building sites.

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Paynter, Wilmington, August 2012

Close-up of flower

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Flower from side

The long bristles are a good field mark.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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