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Plant Details

Trichostema species 1

Dune Blue Curls, Carolina Blue Curls

Scientific Name:

Trichostema species 1

Common Name:

Dune Blue Curls, Carolina Blue Curls

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

lavendar

Light:

full-sun

Soil Moisture:

xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

August - September - October - November

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Dunes on barrier islands, vegetated with perennial grasses (especially Uniola paniculata), openings in maritime scrub. Rare on NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled (*)

State Status:

SR-L: Significantly Rare: Limited (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"Endemic to barrier islands from slightly north of Cape Hatteras, Dare County, NC south to North Island, Georgetown County, SC, north of Cape Romain. When growing together, the flowering period of T. species 1 is about 2-3 weeks later than that of T. dichotomum" (Weakley 2015).

Unclassified species.

Close-up of flower

Note the yellow anthers of this barrier island specimen.

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Bald Head Island, September 12, 2010

Plant in flower

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Bald Head Island, September 12, 2010

View of the whole plant

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Bald Head Island, September 12, 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

http://www.jeffpippen.com/plants/trichostema.htm
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