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Jeffersonia diphylla

Twinleaf

Scientific Name:

Jeffersonia diphylla

Genus:

Jeffersonia

Species Epithet:

diphylla

Common Name:

Twinleaf

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing 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.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

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


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