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Endodeca serpentaria [= Aristolochia serpentaria]

Virginia Snakeroot, Turpentine-root, Serpent Birthwort

Scientific Name:

Endodeca serpentaria [= Aristolochia serpentaria]

Genus:

Endodeca

Species Epithet:

serpentaria

Common Name:

Virginia Snakeroot, Turpentine-root, Serpent Birthwort

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green, Purple, Brown

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to mesic forests, perhaps more restricted to mesic situations over acidic substrate, ranging into drier situations over calcareous or mafic substrates. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

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 Assigned

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

Exploited (*Key)

Plant

This plant is 8" high

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Tom Harville

Bud

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Bloom

With duff pulled away

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Older Plant with multiple blooms

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Waning Bloom

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Seed Pod

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Pipevine Swallowtail laying an egg

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Pipevine Larva

This is the reason this plant has adapted and blooms down in the leaf litter.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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