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Clintonia borealis

Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Bluebead Lily

Scientific Name:

Clintonia borealis

Genus:

Clintonia

Species Epithet:

borealis

Common Name:

Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Bluebead Lily

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Spruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests, less commonly in red oak 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:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Leaf and flower

When not in fruit or flower, it can be told from C. umbellulata by its smooth or only slightly ciliate leaf margin.

image

Cary Paynter, Watauga County, June 2008

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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