Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Your search found 40 taxa.

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

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camera icon Common Name: Sandhill Wild-buckwheat, Southern Wild-buckwheat, Dog-tongue Buckwheat
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Eriogonum tomentosum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Eriogonum tomentosum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Eriogonum tomentosum 063-01-001

 

Look for it in sandhills, usually in white sand, primarily in the fall-line Sandhills and on riverine dunes in the middle and upper Coastal Plain

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sheep Sorrel, Sourgrass, Red Sorrel, Field Sorrel
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Rumex acetosella
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rumex acetosella
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rumex acetosella 063-02-001

 

Look for it in pastures, fields, roadsides, rock outcrops, grassy balds, gardens

Common (uncommon in GA Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Wild Dock, Sourgrass, Heartwing Sorrel, Heartwing Dock
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Rumex hastatulus
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rumex hastatulus
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rumex hastatulus 063-02-002

 

Look for it in fields (especially sandy fields in the Coastal Plain), roadsides, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Patience Dock, Monk's-rhubarb
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Rumex patientia
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rumex patientia
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rumex patientia 063-02-005

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Waif(s)

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Curly Dock
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Rumex crispus ssp. crispus
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rumex crispus ssp. crispus
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rumex crispus 063-02-006

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, pastures, fields

Common

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Fiddle Dock
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Rumex pulcher
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rumex pulcher
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rumex pulcher 063-02-008

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, bottomland fields, bottomland forests

Uncommon in GA-NC-SC, rare in Mountains & NC Piedmont

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Bitter Dock, Broadleaf Dock
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Rumex obtusifolius
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rumex obtusifolius
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Rumex obtusifolius 063-02-009

 

Look for it in pastures, barnyards, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in SC Coastal Plain, rare in GA Piedmont)

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: Spiny Emex
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Emex spinosa
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Emex spinosa

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Waif(s)

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Jumpseed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria virginiana
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum virginianum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Tovara virginiana 063-03-001

 

Look for it in floodplains, moist forests

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Erect Knotweed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Polygonum erectum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum erectum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum erectum 063-04-002

 

Look for it in bottomland forests, streambanks, disturbed areas, open places

Rare

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Prostrate Knotweed
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Polygonum aviculare ssp. aviculare
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum aviculare
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum aviculare 063-04-003

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Uncommon

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Water Smartweed, Scarlet Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Persicaria amphibia
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Polygonum amphibium +
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum coccineum 063-04-006

 

Look for it in marshes, wet disturbed areas

Rare

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon Common Name: Dense-flower Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Persicaria densiflora
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum densiflorum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum densiflorum 063-04-007

 

Look for it in swamp forests

Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Pennsylvania Smartweed, Pinkweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria pensylvanica
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum pensylvanicum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum pensylvanicum 063-04-008

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, bottomlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Dockleaf Smartweed, Willow-weed, Pale Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria lapathifolia
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum lapathifolium
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum lapathifolium 063-04-009

 

Look for it in bottomlands, bottomland fields, disturbed areas

Uncommon in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate, Prince's Feather, Prince's-plume
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria orientalis
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum orientale
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum orientale 063-04-010

 

Look for it in barnyards, disturbed areas, garden edges

Rare

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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Common Name: Hairy Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Persicaria hirsuta
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum hirsutum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum hirsutum 063-04-011

 

Look for it in pondcypress savannas, depression ponds in pinelands

Uncommon in GA & SC Coastal Plain, rare in NC, endemic

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Marshpepper Smartweed, Waterpepper
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Persicaria hydropiper
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum hydropiper
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum hydropiper 063-04-012

 

Look for it in wet pastures, barnyards, ditches

Common in Mtns & throughout NC & northward, rare in GA & SC Piedmont

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Longbristle Smartweed, Bristly Lady's-thumb, Tufted Knotweed, Oriental Lady's-thumb
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria longiseta
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum cespitosum var. longisetum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum cespitosum var. longisetum 063-04-013

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, ditches

Common

Non-native: Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Spotted Lady's-thumb, Heart's-ease
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Persicaria maculosa
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum persicaria
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum persicaria 063-04-014

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Common (uncommon GA Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Dotted Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria punctata
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Polygonum punctatum var. punctatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum punctatum 063-04-015

 

Look for it in swamp forests, bottomlands, marshes

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mild Waterpepper, Swamp Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria hydropiperoides
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum hydropiperoides
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum hydropiperoides var. hydropiperoides 063-04-016a

 

Look for it in swamp forests, streams, ditches

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Swamp Smartweed, Bog Smartweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria setacea
(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum setaceum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum setaceum 063-04-017

 

Look for it in swamp forests, bottomland forests

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Arrowleaf Tearthumb, Arrowvine
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria sagittata
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum sagittatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum sagittatum 063-04-018

 

Look for it in marshes, bogs, beaver impoundments, wet thickets

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Halberd-leaf Tearthumb
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria arifolia
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum arifolium
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum arifolium 063-04-019

 

Look for it in marshes, wet thickets

Common (rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Fringed Climbing Buckwheat, Fringed Black Bindweed, Fringed Bindweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Fallopia cilinodis
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum cilinode
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum cilinode 063-04-020

 

Look for it around rock outcrops, in openings, glades, & open woodlands at high elevations

Uncommon

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Climbing Buckwheat, Nimblewill, Black Bindweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Fallopia convolvulus
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Polygonum convolvulus var. convolvulus
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum convolvulus 063-04-021

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Common (rare in GA)

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Climbing Buckwheat
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Fallopia scandens
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum scandens var. scandens
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum scandens var. scandens 063-04-022a

 

Look for it in moist to wet open habitats

Common in Mountains, uncommon elsewhere

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Crested Climbing Buckwheat, Climbing False Buckwheat
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Fallopia cristata
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum scandens var. cristatum
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum scandens var. cristatum 063-04-022b

 

Look for it in moist to wet open habitats

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & possibly Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Lace Vine, Silver-lace-vine, China Fleece-vine, Russian Vine
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Fallopia baldschuanica
(?) PLANTS National Database: Polygonum baldschuanicum

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, on roadsides

Rare

Non-native: Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Japanese Knotweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Reynoutria japonica
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum cuspidatum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum cuspidatum 063-04-023

 

Look for it on roadsides, disturbed areas, riverbanks and sandbars, often forming dense thickets

Uncommon in GA-NC-SC

Non-native: East Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Giant Knotweed, Sachaline
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Reynoutria sachalinensis
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum sachalinense
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonum sachalinense 063-04-024

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, on roadsides

Rare

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Himalayan Knotweed, Kashmir Plume, cultivated knotweed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Persicaria wallichii var. wallichii
(?) INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Polygonum polystachyum

 

Look for it to be persistent and spreading from plantings

Rare

Non-native: Himalayan Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Asiatic Tearthumb, Mile-a-minute-weed, Mile-a-minute-vine
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Persicaria perfoliata
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonum perfoliatum

 

Look for it on roadsides, banks, powerline rights-of-way

Common, introduced and spreading rapidly

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Buckwheat
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Fagopyrum esculentum
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Fagopyrum esculentum
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Fagopyrum esculentum 063-05-001

 

Look for it in fields, disturbed areas, railroad rights-of-way, escaped from cultivation

Rare

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Polygonella americana
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonella americana
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonella americana 063-06-001

 

Look for it in sandhills, other dry woodlands, glades, and barrens with sandy or rocky soil

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: October-flower
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Polygonella polygama
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Polygonella polygama
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polygonella polygama 063-06-002

 

Look for it in sandhills, primarily in the outer Coastal Plain north of SC

Common in Coastal Plain of NC & SC, rare in GA (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Sandhill Jointweed, Fringed Thysanella
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Polygonella fimbriata
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Polygonella fimbriata

 

Look for it in sandhills

Rare

Native to Georgia (not far from SC)

 


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Common Name: Buckwheat-vine, Eardrop-vine, Ladies Eardrops, Redvine
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Brunnichia ovata
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Brunnichia ovata
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Brunnichia cirrhosa 063-07-001

 

Look for it in floodpalin forests, swamp forests

Uncommon (rare north of Florida)

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Love-chain, Queen's-jewels, Confederate-vine, Corallita
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Antigonon leptopus
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Antigonon leptopus

 

Look for it to be commonly cultivated, rarely persisting or escaping

Rare

Non-native: tropical America

 


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