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Stipulicida setacea

Pineland Scalypink, Coastal Plain Wireplant

Scientific Name:

Stipulicida setacea

Genus:

Stipulicida

Species Epithet:

setacea

Common Name:

Pineland Scalypink, Coastal Plain Wireplant

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 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

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Xeric sands of sandhills, dry pine flatwoods, maritime forests. Common on NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

In bloom, late spring

Wire-plant is an annual or short-lived perennial well adapted to dry habitats by its tiny flowers and bractlike leaves. The basal leaves are produced in fall, overwinter, then disappear in spring.

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Paynter, Halyburton Park, Wilmington, May 9, 2013

Flowers

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In late summer

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Carolina Beach State Park, August 19, 2012

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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