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Plant Details

Lyonia mariana

Staggerbush

Scientific Name:

Lyonia mariana

Common Name:

Staggerbush

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

5

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast

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.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

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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