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Obolaria virginica

Pennywort

Scientific Name:

Obolaria virginica

Genus:

Obolaria

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Pennywort

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Nutrient-rich, moist to dry forests, mesic hammocks (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

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:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

"The small purplish-green plants are inconspicuous, often nearly hidden under fallen leaves. Obolaria has well-developed mycorrhizae and may be substantially mycotrophic." Weakley 2015.

Blooms

image

Ken Moore
BW Wells' home - Rock Cliff Farm
March

In the rain

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Ken Moore
BW Wells' home - Rock Cliff Farm
March

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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