Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial
Dioecious

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

Common in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in dry open woods and barrens, in the mountains on xeric ridges at low to medium elevations, usually in fire-maintained habitats, also in xeric and fire-maintained habitats on monadnocks in the upper Piedmont and in dry, sandy sites in the lower Piedmont and fall-line sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple: Pinnatifid
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Sepals absent
Petals absent
Flowers in catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Nutlet

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 052-01-001:
Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY Myricaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet-fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cope80_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm110402_350

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Male flower clusters cylindrical and about 1.25" long, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm110402_350b

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers without sepals or petals, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

picture of Comptonia peregrina, image of Comptonia peregrina

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_peregrina_sweetfern

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm080705_167

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves spicy-scented when crushed, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm090923_017

September    Hancock County    ME

Leaves narrow with deep marginal indentations (pinnatifid), per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm090923_019

September    Hancock County    ME

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JK Marlow    jkm0411a_18

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0511b_24

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden