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Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Brook-Feather, Yellowroot

Scientific Name:

Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Genus:

Xanthorhiza

Species Epithet:

simplicissima

Common Name:

Brook-Feather, Yellowroot

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple, Brown

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Streambanks and riverbanks. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, uncommon in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

prefers moist well-drained soil but tolerates heavy soil.

Buds

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Cary
© Tom Harville

Just Opening

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Cary, 26 March 2005
© Tom Harville

Blooms

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Black Mountain, early April
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

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Black Mountain, early April
© MB Baumeister

Plant in Full Bloom

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Black Mountain, early April
© MB Baumeister

Blooming Plant This photo shows the leaf and stem more clearly

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Black Mountain, early April
© MB Baumeister

Gone to Seed

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Black Mountain, mid May
© MB Baumeister

Plants

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Late Fall Foliage

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© Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC State Extension
Lady bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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