plant-banner1

Plant Details

Helonias bullata

Swamp Pink

Scientific Name:

Helonias bullata

Genus:

Helonias

Species Epithet:

bullata

Common Name:

Swamp Pink

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Heloniadaceae (Swamp-Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Bogs, usually under dense shrubs in peaty soils. Rare in NC found primarily in the southeastern “corner” of the mountains, from Henderson County west to Macon County. Also known from a single site in the northern mountains, in Ashe County.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Federal Status:

T - Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

Not only is this a State listed species (Threatened), it is also Federally listed as Threatened, as well.

Inflorescence is a showy cone-shaped raceme at the top of a tall, smooth, scape bearing small, light-colored scale-like bracts.

Will Stuart

Individual flowers are slender and tubular with showy, protruding stamens.

Will Stuart

Each flower has 6 blue anthers that contrast with the 6 tepals.

Will Stuart

Plant habit, showing the elongate basal leaves and tall flower scape.

From the "Pink Beds", Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



Permalink - (right click to save this page to your bookmarks)

<<< PREVIOUS

NEXT >>>

back to top
go to plant details search
go to plant images search
go to gallery home
back to Initial h Gallery
back to orchids
back to Carnivorous Plants
back to Trilliums