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Elephantopus carolinianus (Carolina elephantsfoot)
Cressler, Alan

Elephantopus carolinianus

Elephantopus carolinianus Raeusch.

Carolina Elephantsfoot

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Elephantopus flexuosus, Elephantopus violaceus

USDA Symbol: ELCA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV

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:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-09-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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