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Trichostema species 1

Dune Blue Curls, Carolina Blue Curls

Scientific Name:

Trichostema species 1

Genus:

Trichostema

Species Epithet:

Species 1

Common Name:

Dune Blue Curls, Carolina Blue Curls

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

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

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled (*Key)

State Status:

SR-L: Significantly Rare: Limited (*Key)

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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