Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3354

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Look for it in marshes, wet areas, wet pine savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves sessile

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White or shaded with lavender
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla (apparently 4-lobed, but upper two lobes fused)
2 fertile stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in axils of leafy bracts

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Sophronanthe pilosa   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gratiola pilosa   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 166-07-001:
Gratiola pilosa   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Tragiola pilosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop


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image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sopi4_001_lvd

        

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

JK Marlow    jkm210706_1892

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

JK Marlow    jkm210706_1894

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Plant usually unbranched, pilose (hairs stick straight out), per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

JK Marlow    jkm210706_1899

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Sepals linear or linear-lanceolate, exceeded by the linear bractlets, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

JK Marlow    jkm210706_1901

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

JK Marlow    jkm210706_1901b

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Leaves are sessile, ovate, with smooth or irregularly toothed margins, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

JK Marlow    jkm210709_1971

July    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_pilosa_shaggyhedge2

July        

Corolla appears 4-lobed, but the upper "lobe" consists of two fused lobes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Sophronanthe pilosa, Shaggy Hedge-hyssop, Pilose Hedge-hyssop

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_pilosa_shaggyhedgeh

July        

Flowers occur singly at leaf bases, nearly sessile, with two leafy bracts, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.