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Pieris floribunda

Mountain Andromeda, Evergreen Mountain Fetterbush

Scientific Name:

Pieris floribunda

Genus:

Pieris

Species Epithet:

floribunda

Common Name:

Mountain Andromeda, Evergreen Mountain Fetterbush

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Acid wooded slopes, heath balds at high elevations, summits of Piedmont monadnocks, sometimes escaped from cultivation. A Southern Appalachian endemic. Rare to uncommon across its NC range, but can be rather numerous at high elevations in the southern mountains close to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Great Balsam and Pisgah ranges. Very rare to locally absent from this province north to several monadnocks in Stokes and Surry counties. It is considered a State Watch List species.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Very specialized habitat

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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