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Tridens flavus [= Tridens flavus var. flava]

Redtop, Tall Redtop, Purpletop , Purpletop Tridens

Scientific Name:

Tridens flavus [= Tridens flavus var. flava]

Genus:

Tridens

Species Epithet:

flavus

Common Name:

Redtop, Tall Redtop, Purpletop , Purpletop Tridens

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Roadsides, disturbed areas, glades. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

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:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Best in natural meadows and areas.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/tridens-flavus/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/tridens/flavus/



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