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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy
Carolina redroot, Paint root
USDA Symbol: LACA5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Found mostly in coastal environments from Louisiana east to Florida and Cuba and north to Nova Scotia, where it is listed as a threatened species by Canadas Species at Risk Act, Carolina Redroot has grass-like foliage and creamy yellow summer blooms that blend well with other plants native to the eastern coastal plains. It tends to be less common from Tennessee and Maryland northward and is listed as threatened, endangered, or of special concern in several US states. Its seeds are favorites of Sandhill Cranes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Fibrous Size Notes:
Normally no more than 3 feet tall, but flowers sometimes exceed that height by 2 or 3 feet. Leaf:
Flowers in 2 to 4 inch clusters
Red juice Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Blooms usually barely taller than the leaves, but occasionally up to 3 feet higher than that.
AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TN , VA Canada: NS Native Distribution:
Nova Scotia to Louisiana in the west and Florida and Cuba in the east and up Mississippi River basin to Tennessee. Native Habitat:
Lakeshores, Longleaf Pine savannahs, woods, bogs, swales, coastal plains. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Drought Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sand
Conditions Comments: Requires consistent moisture.
Excellent for coastal prairie gardens with native
grasses. Use Wildlife:
Seed prized by Sandhill Cranes. Plant in masses to attract them. Use Other:
Liquid was pressed from rhizomes for a red dye, but the method of use has been lost. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2010-10-18
Research By: TWC Staff