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Plant Details

Jeffersonia diphylla

Twinleaf

Scientific Name:

Jeffersonia diphylla

Common Name:

Twinleaf

Plant Family

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

1

Light:

Full-sun, Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

March - April

Bloom Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Moist and extremely nutrient-rich forests, generally over calcareous or mafic rocks (including limestone, dolostone, amphibolite, greenstone, etc.) or very rich alluvium (Weakley 2015). Rare in the NC Mountains.

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Likes rich, moist, calcareous soils.

Jeffersonia Diphylla Leaves and Bloom

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Since a Jeffersonia blossom lasts only one day and since I live near Duke Gardens,
Alice Zawadzki encouraged me to visit the buds often until I found one in bloom.
Lucky me - I found several!

Jeffersonia diphylla at Duke Gardens

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Jeffersonia diphylla Leaf detail

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Jeffersonia Bloom

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Another Jeffersonia Bloom

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Still Another Jeffersonia Bloom!

Love the pollen and petal details on this one!

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Jeffersonia Young Blossom

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Cluster of Jeffersonia Diphylla

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© Terry Britton 03/23/2008 at Duke Gardens

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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