Plant Details

Elephantopus nudatus

Coastal Plain Elephant's-foot, Pineland Elephant's-foot

Scientific Name:

Elephantopus nudatus

Common Name:

Coastal Plain Elephant's-foot, Pineland Elephant's-foot

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Pink, Purple

Size in Feet:

.5 to 2


part-sun, shade

Soil Moisture:

sub-xeric to sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Bloom Area:

common on Coast, rare in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Woodlands and woodland borders, usually fairly dry. Common in NC Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont.

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 (*)


There may be a few small alternate stem leaves.


Very similar to the flowers of Common Elephant's Foot but the phyllaries (the bracts below the flowers) lack the long white hairs.


Paynter, Wilmington, 2010

Flower with nectaring Skipper butterfly

Elephantopus species are excellent butterfly plants.


Plants showing plant structure and habitat


Basal leaves

Basal leaves usually lie flat on the ground with few stem leaves. The basal leaves are less hairy and not as wide (under 7 cm) as Common Elephant's Foot. The hairs underneath the leaf on the midrib are less dense and often appressed.


Paynter, Wilmington, August 2013


USDA PLANTS Database Record

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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