Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1680

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in GA-SC)

Look for it on dry ridges & slopes in the mountains, primarily in dry, strongly acidic sites which burn periodically, such as pine/heath woodlands & forests, heath balds, & xeric oak forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal cluster & alternate (reduced upward)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 persistent tepals
6 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a raceme

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Xerophyllum asphodeloides   FAMILY Xerophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Xerophyllum asphodeloides   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-15-001:
Xerophyllum asphodeloides   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Turkeybeard, Beargrass, Mountain-asphodel


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image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_xeas_001_lvd

        

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm070519_025

May    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Gene Johnston    aej_646

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_147

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_157

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_161

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowering stem has numerous needle-like leaves to 6" long, reduced upward, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_165

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_167

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_170

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Once you've seen it you'll always recognize it, even from a distance, per North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes: the Mountains.

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_172

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

In a raceme, flowers have pedicels and mature from the bottom up, per Plant Identification Terminology.

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_182

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Arching, persistent, firm, sharp-tipped basal leaves, less than 0.1" wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

JK Marlow    jkm150606_184

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmxasphodeloides_gfm03b

June    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

The 6 tepals are spreading, white, oblong-elliptic, without glands or claws, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmxasphodelioides_gf1

Month Unknown    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmxasphodelioides_mc1

Month Unknown        

The terminal raceme is at first compact but later may grow to 12" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Tim Spira    tps_xasphodeloides

Month Unknown        

Flowers ripen upward forming a teardrop-shaped cluster w a nipple-like top, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.