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Leucothoe axillaris

Coastal Doghobble, Coastal Plain Doghobble

Scientific Name:

Leucothoe axillaris

Genus:

Leucothoe

Species Epithet:

axillaris

Common Name:

Coastal Doghobble, Coastal Plain Doghobble

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 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:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pocosins, blackwater swamp forests, and moist and acid slopes (Weakley 2015). Common on NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

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

In bloom

Coastal Doghobble gets its common name from the dense tangled growth it forms in pocosins. The leaves and nectar are said to be poisonous. It is endemic to the SE Coastal Plain.

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Paynter, Wilmington, 2013, April 14

In bud

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Seed capsules

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Wilmington, 2011, March 23

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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