Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1048

Forb
Perennial

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

Common, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in woodlands, cliffs, glades, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pinkish/ Pale purplish/ Lavender (white toward the tube)
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens & 1 staminode bearded with yellow trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-14-001:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue


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JK Marlow    jkm090412_236

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090412_236b

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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Tim Spira    tpspsmallii

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_249

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Lower bracts of inflorescence foliose, slightly smaller than cauline leaves, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_250

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_251

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_254

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_301

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_934

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_934b

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Capsule 6-9mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_936

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Corolla 25-35 mm long, the throat inflated to 9-18mm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_941

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Thyrse leafy, spreading, with leaf-like bracts, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_944

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Plant minutely downy; leaves just below inflorescence only slightly reduced, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_946b

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Cauline lvs broadly lanceolate, evenly serrate; base wide, clasping, cordate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Keith Bradley    kab_p_smallii_0630

June        NC