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Bruso, George H.
Triosteum perfoliatum L.
Feverwort, Wild Coffee
USDA Symbol: TRPE5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A coarse plant with hairy, sticky stems and few-flowered clusters of small, tubular, red to greenish flowers in axils of upper leaves.
The fruit can be dried, roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. The genus name refers to the fruits trio of bony seeds. A closely related species with a similar range, Horse Gentian (T. aurantiacum), has a smooth stem. Narrow-leaved Horse Gentian (T. angustifolium) has yellow flowers and leaves to 2 inches (5 cm) long.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
Ontario and Quebec; New York and Massachusetts south to Georgia, west to Louisiana and Oklahoma, and north to Nebraska and Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Open, rocky woods and thickets.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
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:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-06-08
Research By: TWC Staff