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Lyonia mariana

Staggerbush

Scientific Name:

Lyonia mariana

Genus:

Lyonia

Species Epithet:

mariana

Common Name:

Staggerbush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine flatwoods, savannas, pocosin-sandhill ecotones, dry rocky woodlands in the lower Piedmont (especially with chestnut oak) (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Piedmont, common in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Habitat

Staggerbush is found in pine flatwoods, savannas and pocosin-sandhills.

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Paynter, Carolina Beach State Park, April, 2010

In bud

The long sepals of Staggerbush are especially noticeable in the bud stage.

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Paynter, Halyburton Park, April, 2011

Close up of buds and flowers

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Flowers

The flowers are long, almost cylindrical in shape. They hang in clusters from the bare upper sections of the previous year's branches.

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Paynter, Carolina Beach State Park, April, 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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