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Xerophyllum asphodeloides (L.) Nutt.
Eastern turkeybeard, Turkeybeard
Synonym(s): Helonias asphodeloides
USDA Symbol: XEAS
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Small white flowers in a dense, elongated cluster on a stem with short, bristle-like leaves toward top and many long, grass-like leaves in a dense clump at base.
Xerophyllum has only two species, this and Beargrass (X. tenax), a similar plant of western North America. The genus name, from the Greek xeros (dry) and phyllon (leaf), refers to the dry, wiry, basal leaves of this showy plant. It is difficult to cultivate and seldom blooms in gardens.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WV Native Distribution:
New Jersey, Maryland, and West Virginia south to Georgia and west to Alabama and Tennessee. Native Habitat:
Dry sandy pinelands and mountain woods in strongly acidic soil.
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: 2010-06-11
Research By: TWC Staff