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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Zenobia pulverulenta (W. Bartram ex Willd.) Pollard
Dusty zenobia, Honeycup
Synonym(s): Zenobia cassinefolia
USDA Symbol: zepu3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, VA Native Distribution:
Primarily s.e. VA
to n.e. SC Native Habitat:
Damp, sandy or peaty pine barrens; bay forests; hillside bogs
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| OBL || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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, DEMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff