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Hexastylis naniflora [=Hexastylis virginica, Asarum naniflorum]

Dwarf-flower Heartleaf

Scientific Name:

Hexastylis naniflora [=Hexastylis virginica, Asarum naniflorum]

Genus:

Hexastylis

Species Epithet:

naniflora

Common Name:

Dwarf-flower Heartleaf

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

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, June

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

In mesic to dry, acidic, sandy loam on bluffs, ravines, slopes, and ridges in deciduous forests, frequently associated with Kalmia latifolia. Rare in NC Piedmont. A fairly tight range in the southwestern quarter of the Piedmont, but not quite extending into the mountains. There are records eastward to Iredell and Gaston counties.

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

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Federal Status:

T - Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

This species, when in leaf, simply cannot be conclusively identified. It has a very similar habitat for that of other Hexastylis species, and thus habitat does not segregate out this species from others with the same range.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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