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Elytraria caroliniensis (Carolina scalystem)
Smith, R.W.

Elytraria caroliniensis

Elytraria caroliniensis (J.F. Gmel.) Pers.

Carolina Scalystem

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)


USDA Symbol: ELCA6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Obovate , Spatulate
Leaf Base: Attenuate
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: To about 1 foot in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct



Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: 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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-03-19
Research By: JAM

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