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 21 taxa in the family Primulaceae, Primrose family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Shooting Star
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Primula meadia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Dodecatheon meadia ssp. meadia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dodecatheon meadia 147-01-001   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in rich forests, woodlands, & rock outcrops (primarily calcareous or mafic), esp with nutrient-rich seepage

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

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fringed Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Steironema ciliatum   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia ciliata   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia ciliata 147-02-001   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in mesic forests, especially bottomlands and coves dominated by hardwoods

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

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Southern Loosestrife, Appalachian Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Steironema tonsum   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia tonsa   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia tonsa 147-02-002   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in moist to dry upland forests, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Lanceleaf Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Steironema lanceolatum   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia lanceolata   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia lanceolata var. lanceolata 147-02-003a   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in mesic to relatively dry forests, mafic and calcareous fens, bogs, forest edges, roadbanks, primarily on circumneutral soils

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain of GA & NC)(common in GA Mtns)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Lowland Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Steironema hybridum   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia hybrida   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia lanceolata var. hybrida 147-02-003b   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in mesic hardwood forests, sinkhole and depression ponds, wet meadows, other wet areas

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Grassleaf Yellow-loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Steironema gramineum   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia graminea   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Rare, an endemic

Native to Georgia & Alabama

 


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camera icon Common Name: Prairie Loosestrife, Four-flower Loosestrife, Smooth Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Steironema quadriflorum   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia quadriflora   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in wet meadows and calcareous fens, stream banks

Rare

Native to Georgia & possibly North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Moneywort, Creeping Jenny, Creeping Charlie
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia nummularia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia nummularia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia nummularia 147-02-004   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in lawns, pastures, seepages, other moist disturbed places

Uncommon in NC-SC, rare in GA

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fraser's Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia fraseri   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia fraseri   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia fraseri 147-02-005   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in hardwood forests, forest edges and roadbanks, thin soils around rock outcrops

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Garden Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Lysimachia vulgaris   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia vulgaris   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed bottomlands, marshes, disturbed areas

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Whorled Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia quadrifolia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia quadrifolia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia quadrifolia 147-02-006   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in wide variety of forests & openings, including pine savannas of the outer Coastal Plain, ranging from moist to very dry

Common (uncommon in NC-SC Coastal Plain and GA Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Swamp Candles, Bog-candles, Bog Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia terrestris   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia terrestris   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia terrestris 147-02-007   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in bogs, wet meadows & swamp forests

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain, rare in GA)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Carolina Loosestrife, Loomis's Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia loomisii   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia loomisii   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia loomisii 147-02-008   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in moist to wet savannas, pocosin ecotones

Uncommon (rare in GA), endemic to GA-NC-SC Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pocosin Loosestrife, "Roughleaf Loosestrife"
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia asperulifolia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia asperulifolia   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lysimachia asperulaefolia 147-02-009   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in low pocosins, high pocosins, streamhead pocosins, savanna-pocosin ecotones, sandhill-pocosin ecotones

Rare, endemic to NC-SC Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon Common Name: Gooseneck Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Lysimachia clethroides   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia clethroides   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides

Rare, cultivated & rarely persistent or escaped

Non-native: Japan

 


drawing of Lysimachia punctata, Spotted Loosestrife, Dotted Loosestrife, Large Loosestrife need picture of leaf or frond of Lysimachia punctata, Spotted Loosestrife, Dotted Loosestrife, Large Loosestrife need picture of flower of Lysimachia punctata, Spotted Loosestrife, Dotted Loosestrife, Large Loosestrife need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Lysimachia punctata, Spotted Loosestrife, Dotted Loosestrife, Large Loosestrife need picture of fruit of Lysimachia punctata, Spotted Loosestrife, Dotted Loosestrife, Large Loosestrife
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Common Name: Spotted Loosestrife, Dotted Loosestrife, Large Loosestrife
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Lysimachia punctata   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Lysimachia punctata   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Waif(s)

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Northern Starflower, Maystar
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Trientalis borealis   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Trientalis borealis ssp. borealis   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in northern hardwood forests, rich slope forests, often in second-growth areas

Rare

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Scarlet Pimpernel, Poor Man's Weatherglass
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Anagallis arvensis   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Anagallis arvensis ssp. arvensis   FAMILY: Primulaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Anagallis arvensis 147-03-001   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA, mixed in SC

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Chaffweed, False-pimpernel
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Centunculus minimus   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Anagallis minima   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Centunculus minimus 147-04-001   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in ditches, wet disturbed areas, savannas, pond margins

Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare elsewhere

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Water-pimpernel, Brookweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Samolus parviflorus   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Samolus valerandi ssp. parviflorus   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Samolus parviflorus 147-05-001   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it on streambanks, brackish marshes, pools in floodplains, interdune ponds

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Featherfoil, Water-violet
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Hottonia inflata   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Hottonia inflata   FAMILY: Primulaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Hottonia inflata 147-06-001   FAMILY: Primulaceae

 

Look for it in slow-moving or stagnant waters of swamps, millponds, beaverponds, sag ponds, oxbows, rivers, probably dispersed by waterfowl

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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