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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Zenobia pulverulenta (Bartr. ex Willd.) Pollard
Dusty zenobia, Honeycup
USDA Symbol: ZEPU3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A small mound-shaped shrub, 3-6 ft., with tardily deciduous or semi-evergreen leaves. Arching twigs are reddish and the red-brown bark exfoliates. Wavy-edged, oval leaves are leathery and silvery-gray, becoming reddish-yellow and finally purple late in the season. Showy, one-sided, axillary flower clusters hold fragrant, bell-shaped, white blossoms.
No serious disease or insect problems.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
GA , NC , SC , VA Native Distribution:
Primarily s.e. VA to n.e. SC Native Habitat:
Damp, sandy or peaty pine barrens; bay forests; hillside bogs USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Wet sands, peats & mucks.
Conditions Comments: No serious disease or insect problems.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Low.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Difficult to root from cuttings but comes readily from seed planted shallowly in fine-textured soil in the spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Stratification for 8 weeks prior to sowing improves germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff