Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Turkeybeard, Beargrass, Mountain-asphodel
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Xerophyllum asphodeloides
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Xerophyllum asphodeloides
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968): Xerophyllum asphodeloides 041-15-001


Flowers ripen upward forming a teardrop-shaped cluster w a nipple-like top, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


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"Our Great-Aunt Narcissa ... knew the names of all the wild flowers and she taught the names of them all to us — the small blue anemone that bloomed in ravines in February, the first of our blossoms and the purest blue, the flower of faith, of new hope; the bloodroot, the May apple, the wild yellow azalea, the corpse flower, the trailing arbutus, the purple gentian — the last blossoms of the autumn, struggling to perfection in the last minutes of existence." — Ben Robertson, Red Hills and Cotton