Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

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

Common (rare in NC Piedmont), endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in rocky forests & rock outcrops, often common & conspicuous on roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual or sterile
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx (in bisexual flowers)/3-4 lobed calyx (in sterile flowers)
5 petals (in bisexual flowers)/petals absent (in sterile flowers)
8-10 exserted stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Hydrangea radiata   FAMILY Hydrangeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hydrangea radiata   FAMILY Hydrangeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 094-05-001c:
Hydrangea arborescens ssp. radiata   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Snowy Hydrangea, Silverleaf


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JK Marlow    jkm0401b_09

January    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm0304e_07

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm0304e_08

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    s050424_a

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Leaves white below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Hydrangea species

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JK Marlow    s050424_k

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Lower leaf densely floccose-velutinous, felt-like, appearing white or silver, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0205cb_05a

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_265b

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm140627_453

June    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140627_456

June    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

Generally fairly many (2-15) sterile flowers per inflorescence, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm140627_458

June    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm150621_395

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hydrangea_radiata_11

July        

Perfect flowers numerous, short-pedicellate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hydrangea_radiata_8

July        

Sterile flowers are 1-3.5cm broad, consisting of a flat 3-4 lobed calyx, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Ron Lance    rwl708_a

September        

This is SC's most common hydrangea in the mountains and piedmont, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.