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Galax urceolata [= Galax aphylla]

Galax, Beetleweed

Scientific Name:

Galax urceolata [= Galax aphylla]

Genus:

Galax

Species Epithet:

urceolata

Common Name:

Galax, Beetleweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Diapensiaceae (Diapensia Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mountain forests, rock outcrops, nearly ubiquitous in the Mountains, more restricted in habitat elsewhere, moist to dry slopes in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, often associated with Kalmia latifolia or Rhododendron maximum (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon on the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

Exploited (*Key)

Notes:

formerly Galax aphylla

Leaves

image

Paynter, Watauga Co

Flowers

image

Paynter, June 2011

Winter leaves

image

Paynter, Watauga Co, March 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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