Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1680

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in GA-SC)

Look for it on dry ridges & slopes in the mountains, primarily in dry, strongly acidic sites which burn periodically, such as pine/heath woodlands & forests, heath balds, & xeric oak forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal cluster & alternate (reduced upward)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 persistent tepals
6 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a raceme

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Xerophyllum asphodeloides   FAMILY Xerophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Xerophyllum asphodeloides   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-15-001:
Xerophyllum asphodeloides   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Turkeybeard, Beargrass, Mountain-asphodel


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picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_xeas_001_lvd

        

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm070519_025

May    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Gene Johnston    aej_646

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_147

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_157

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_161

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowering stem has numerous needle-like leaves to 6" long, reduced upward, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_165

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_167

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_170

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Once you've seen it you'll always recognize it, even from a distance, per North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes: the Mountains.

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_172

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

In a raceme, flowers have pedicels and mature from the bottom up, per Plant Identification Terminology.

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_182

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Arching, persistent, firm, sharp-tipped basal leaves, less than 0.1" wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_184

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmxasphodeloides_gfm03b

June    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

The 6 tepals are spreading, white, oblong-elliptic, without glands or claws, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmxasphodelioides_gf1

Month Unknown    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmxasphodelioides_mc1

Month Unknown        

The terminal raceme is at first compact but later may grow to 12" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Xerophyllum asphodeloides, image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Tim Spira    tps_xasphodeloides

Month Unknown        

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