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Bartonia virginica (Yellow screwstem)
Cressler, Alan

Bartonia virginica

Bartonia virginica (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

Yellow Screwstem

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s): Sagina virginica

USDA Symbol: BAVI3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblong
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Yellowish or straw-colored.


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS

National Wetland Indicator Status

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 on display at the following locations:

Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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