Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 15 taxa in the family Hydrophyllaceae, Waterleaf family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon Common Name: Waterpod, Waterleaf
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hydrolea quadrivalvis   FAMILY: Hydroleaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hydrolea quadrivalvis   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hydrolea quadrivalvis 160-01-001   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in swamp forests, backwater sloughs, marshes, ditches

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Tall Hydrolea, Skyflower
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Hydrolea corymbosa   FAMILY: Hydroleaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hydrolea corymbosa   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hydrolea corymbosa 160-01-002?   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in pond cypress savannas, depression meadows

Uncommon

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


drawing of Hydrolea ovata, Ovate False Fiddleleaf, Blue Waterleaf, Hairy Hydrolea need picture of leaf or frond of Hydrolea ovata, Ovate False Fiddleleaf, Blue Waterleaf, Hairy Hydrolea need picture of flower of Hydrolea ovata, Ovate False Fiddleleaf, Blue Waterleaf, Hairy Hydrolea need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Hydrolea ovata, Ovate False Fiddleleaf, Blue Waterleaf, Hairy Hydrolea need picture of fruit of Hydrolea ovata, Ovate False Fiddleleaf, Blue Waterleaf, Hairy Hydrolea
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Common Name: Ovate False Fiddleleaf, Blue Waterleaf, Hairy Hydrolea
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Hydrolea ovata   FAMILY: Hydroleaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hydrolea ovata   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, ponds, ditches

Rare in GA

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Jamaica Weed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Nama jamaicense   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nama jamaicense   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nama jamaicensis 160-02-001   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in lawns

Waif(s)

Native: tropical America including south FL & TX

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Baby Blue Eyes
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Nemophila aphylla   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nemophila aphylla   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nemophila microcalyx 160-03-001   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in moist, nutrient-rich floodplain forests

Uncommon (but locally abundant)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mapleleaf Waterleaf, Broadleaf Waterleaf, Canada Waterleaf, Bluntleaf Waterleaf
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Hydrophyllum canadense   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hydrophyllum canadense   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hydrophyllum canadense 160-04-001   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, rocky streambanks, other moist & nutrient-rich forests

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

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Hairy Waterleaf, Largeleaf Waterleaf
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Hydrophyllum macrophyllum   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hydrophyllum macrophyllum   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hydrophyllum macrophyllum 160-04-002   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests and other moist rocky forests, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Virginia Waterleaf, Eastern Waterfleaf
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Hydrophyllum virginianum +   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Hydrophyllum virginianum   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hydrophyllum virginianum 160-04-003   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, moist rocky forests, alluvial forests

Common or uncommon, depending on province and variety

Native to North Carolina

 


drawing of Hydrophyllum appendiculatum, Biennial Waterleaf, Great Waterleaf need picture of leaf or frond of Hydrophyllum appendiculatum, Biennial Waterleaf, Great Waterleaf need picture of flower of Hydrophyllum appendiculatum, Biennial Waterleaf, Great Waterleaf need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Hydrophyllum appendiculatum, Biennial Waterleaf, Great Waterleaf need picture of fruit of Hydrophyllum appendiculatum, Biennial Waterleaf, Great Waterleaf
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Common Name: Biennial Waterleaf, Great Waterleaf
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Hydrophyllum appendiculatum   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hydrophyllum appendiculatum   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in rich forests

Native: north & west of the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fernleaf Phacelia, Purple Phacelia, Forest Phacelia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phacelia bipinnatifida   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phacelia bipinnatifida   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phacelia bipinnatifida 160-05-001   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, esp where rocky

Common (rare in Piedmont, rare in SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Smallflower Phacelia, Appalachian Phacelia, Small-flowered Scorpion Weed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phacelia dubia var. dubia   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phacelia dubia var. dubia   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phacelia dubia 160-05-002   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in floodplain forests, rocky forests, fields, roadsides, granitic flatrocks

Common (rare in Coastal Plain, rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Georgia Phacelia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phacelia dubia var. georgiana   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phacelia dubia var. georgiana   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phacelia dubia 160-05-002?   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it on granitic flatrocks

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Spotted Phacelia, Flatrock Phacelia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phacelia maculata   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phacelia maculata   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phacelia maculata 160-05-003   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in bottomlands, granitic flatrocks

Uncommon in Piedmont of GA & SC, rare in NC, rare in SC Mountains, endemic

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Miami-mist
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phacelia purshii   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phacelia purshii   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phacelia purshii 160-05-005   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests on floodplains & slopes

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fringed Phacelia, Blue Ridge Phacelia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Phacelia fimbriata   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Phacelia fimbriata   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Phacelia fimbriata 160-05-006   FAMILY: Hydrophyllaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests on slopes & floodplains, at low to high elevations, perhaps mainly over circumneutral soils

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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