Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales
WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Helonias bullata FAMILY Heloniadaceae
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Swamp Pink from Linda Chafin and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Read more from the South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance.
This is a monotypic genus and no other species even remotely looks like Swamp Pink. Learn more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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David Campbell mdc_helonias
April Ashe County NC
A two-inch egg-shaped cluster of pink flowers on a hollow stalk, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
JK Marlow jkm160502_048
May Jackson County NC
A rosette of oblanceolate evergreen leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
JK Marlow jkm160502_110
May Macon County NC
Highlands Biological Station
The flowering scape elongates markedly in fruit, reaching 1m in height, per Weakley's Flora (2012).
Dan Whitten sdw_matthewsckbog019b
May Greenville County SC
Mountain Bridge Wilderness
Flowers have pale blue anthers and exude a spicy fragrance, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Click here to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
6 persistent tepals
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p120
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p336
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia p159
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p379
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p161
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p028
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p029
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p383
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p013