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Aplectrum hyemale

Puttyroot, Adam and Eve

Scientific Name:

Aplectrum hyemale

Genus:

Aplectrum

Species Epithet:

hyemale

Common Name:

Puttyroot, Adam and Eve

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich, mesic forests.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

The leaves, typically one or two, appear in November and die back around March. The bloom stalk then appears in May - June.

Entire Plant

Note new bloom stalk, last year's bloom stalk and dead leaves

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D McAdoo

Blooms

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D McAdoo

Blooms

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Jennette Lundy

Old Seed Pods

February 2008

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Tom Harville

Leaf

December 2004

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Tom Harville

Note the narrow white striping

The "Adam" bulb with the leaf and the "eve" bulb

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Martha Baskin
Natahala, NC

Seed Pod

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Martha Baskin
Natahala, NC

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFloras Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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