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Xerophyllum asphodeloides (L.) Nutt.
Eastern turkeybeard, Turkeybeard
USDA Symbol: XEAS
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , DE , GA , KY , MD , NC , NJ , SC , TN , VA , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2010-06-11
Research By: TWC Staff