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Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Feverwort, Early Horse-gentian

Scientific Name:

Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Genus:

Triosteum

Species Epithet:

aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Common Name:

Feverwort, Early Horse-gentian

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Purple

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Woodlands and forests in circumneutral soils, particularly those over mafic or calcareous rocks. Rare in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

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:

G5 - Secure, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

Notes:

Ranked as G5T5 in NC Natural Heritage Program.

New Spring Leaves

image

Martha Baskin '08
Note the old stems

Blooms

image

Martha Baskin '08

Sepals

image

Tom Harville

Plants in the Fall

image

Martha Baskin '08

Seed Pods

image

Martha Baskin '08

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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