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Aletris lutea

Yellow Colic-root

Scientific Name:

Aletris lutea

Genus:

Aletris

Species Epithet:

lutea

Common Name:

Yellow Colic-root

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Nartheciaceae (Bog-Asphodel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine savannas. Rare in NC coastal plain? “NC has recently been annotated as A. lutea, but it appears to be A. farinosa” [Weakley 2015]. USDA PLANTS does not list it in NC. It is listed by the NC Natural Heritage Program.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

Florida Native Plant Society: https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/aletris-lutea

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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