Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 111. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.
Where Commonly Found: Extremely RARE in CT, VT, disturbed sites, forest edge, open woodlands and rocky slopes.
How to Identify:
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Flower Color: Greenish Yellow to Brown
Flower Type: Spikes occurring terminally on central and major secondary stems. Spikes are 4″-16″ long (quite variable in length, depending upon plant maturity) and .75″-1″ wide. Flowers are densely crowded on the spike with only a few in bloom at a time. Each flower is a tubular corolla, with 2 upper lobes, and about .3″ long with a tubular calyx, about .25″ long, with 2 upper lobes, 2 lateral lobes and a single lobe which is the largest. Each flower has 4 stamen and 1 divided stamen that exert far beyond the corolla lip.
Flower Time: July – September
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite on minimally branched central stem that is light green, glabrous, 4-angled, with strong wings.
Leaf Type: Simple, up to 6″ long and 3″ across with petioles up to 2″ long. Leaves are lanceolate-ovate or cordate-ovate, medium to dark green, hairless or nearly so with coarsely serrated margins.
Seed Collection: AS THIS PLANT IS RARE OR ENDANGERED IN PARTS OF OUR REGION PLEASE FOLLOW GUIDELINES BY THE CENTER FOR PLANT CONSERVATION. Nutlets in groups of 4 replace each flower which are short-lived.
Attracts: Bees, bumblebees, butterflies.
Use: Open woodland garden.
Light: Full to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone: 2-8 USDA Zone Map
Notes: Very attractive to pollinators, extremely rare in New England, much more common in the Mid-West.
Native to: RARE AND/OR ENDANGERED in parts of NY, MA and CT. Present and Native in VT, MA, CT, NY and much of the Mid-West and South. Biota of North America, North American Plant Atlas.
Requested by Bronx River Wildflower Corridor, Roseanne Andrade.