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Plant Details

Hexastylis minor

Little Heartleaf, Little Ginger

Scientific Name:

Hexastylis minor

Genus:

Hexastylis

Species Epithet:

minor

Common Name:

Little Heartleaf, Little 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:

Feb, March, April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Upland or moist forests (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

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:

Not Assigned

Notes:

Hexastylis species are evergreen while Asarum species are deciduous.

Bloom

Colors will vary slightly

image

Jean Woods at Red Lair Farm

Leaves and Blooms

image

Tom Harville at Hemlock Bluffs, Cary, NC

Winter Colors

Plant can turn a purple color in winter

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFlora Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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