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Hexastylis arifolia var. arifolia

Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Heartleaf, Piggies Ginger

Scientific Name:

Hexastylis arifolia var. arifolia

Genus:

Hexastylis

Species Epithet:

arifolia

Common Name:

Little Brown Jug, Arrowleaf Heartleaf, Piggies Ginger

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Brown

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:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to mesic deciduous forests (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains, common in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

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

Notes:

Hexastylis arifolia is the most aeromatic of the gingers.

Plant

It's a clumper

image

Tom Harville
Oct 2005

Leaves

image

Tom Harville
Sep 2005

Young Blooms

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Tom Harville
March 2005

Blooms vary in color from mauve to greenish or brown They are called "little brown jugs" or "little pigs"

Blooms

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Tom Harville
April 2006

Blooms Close Up

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Tom Harville
Apr 2006

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFloras Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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