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Hexastylis shuttleworthii (Largeflower heartleaf)
Cressler, Alan

Hexastylis shuttleworthii

Hexastylis shuttleworthii (Britten & Baker f.) Small

Largeflower Heartleaf, Shuttleworth's Ginger

Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort Family)


USDA Symbol: HESH2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Hexastylis shuttleworthii has dark green leaves with whitish green venation, the opposite of its close relative, Hexastylis arifolia.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Cordate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.
Leaf: Dark green with whitish green veins and margins.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Soft purplish-brown with purple on the inside.


USA: AL , GA , MS , NC , NY , SC , TN , VA

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:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
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