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Hexastylis heterophylla [split from Hexastylis virginica]

Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Variable-leaf Ginger

Scientific Name:

Hexastylis heterophylla [split from Hexastylis virginica]

Genus:

Hexastylis

Species Epithet:

heterophylla

Common Name:

Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Variable-leaf 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

Habitat Description:

Slopes and bluffs in xeric to mesic forests, usually associated with Kalmia latifolia (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

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

Two Plants

Note the mottled leaves on the left and green on the right

image

Tom Harville
Oct 2005

Blooms

image

Tom Harville
Early Apr 2006

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFloras plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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