Froelichia gracilis (Hook.) Moq.
Slender Snakecotton, Snake-cotton
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family)
Synonym(s): Froelichia braunii, Oplotheca gracilis
USDA Symbol: FRGR3
The slender snakecotton grows 1-2 feet high and is unbranched except for the flower stems. These are covered with soft, minute hairs. The flowers, also, are almost covered with these woolly hairs, so that in some cases only the end of the flower is visible, though this might not be apparent without a magnifying glass. They have no petals, but the black-tipped white bracts give the flower head a black-and-white appearance. The flower head, or cluster, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, is sometimes attached directly to the stem, but more often grows on a flower stem 1/2 to 5 inches long. The slender leaves are at the base of the plant.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Flowering summer in North, year-round in extreme South.
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CO , CT , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV , WY
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MM-759 Collected 2006-08-27 in Caldwell County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Froelichia gracilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Froelichia gracilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Froelichia gracilis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2020-09-21
Research By: TWC Staff