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Modiola caroliniana (Carolina bristlemallow)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Modiola caroliniana

Modiola caroliniana (L.) G. Don

Carolina bristlemallow, Carolina Modiola

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Synonym(s): Modiola multifida

USDA Symbol: moca

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I)

A low creeping perennial with reddish-orange to purple-red flowers on slender stalks in leaf axils.

This widely distributed species, abundant in the South, is often a lawn weed. It has many branches, and roots at the nodes.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , DE , FL , GA , HI , LA , MA , MS , NC , OK , OR , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Distribution: New Jersey and Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to Texas and Oklahoma; also in Oregon, California, and Arizona.
Native Habitat: Lawns, gardens, disturbed sites, and wet areas.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1016 Collected 2007-05-05 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Modiola caroliniana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Modiola caroliniana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Modiola caroliniana


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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