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Hybanthus verticillatus (Babyslippers)
Nugent, Louis R

Hybanthus verticillatus

Hybanthus verticillatus (Ortega) Baill.

Babyslippers, Nodding Green Violet, Green Violet

Violaceae (Violet Family)

Synonym(s): Calceolaria verticillata, Hybanthus linearis, Hybanthus verticillatus var. platyphyllus, Hybanthus verticillatus var. verticillatus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: White, cream or yellowish, with purplish tips


USA: AZ , CO , KS , NM , OK , TX

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Found in dry grassy fields, rocky slopes and forest edges, this interesting violet family member has unusual flowers, is a caterpillar food plant for the Variegated Fritillary butterfly and sometimes easily blends into its surroundings. This plant would work well in a short grass meadow placed up-close for viewing the interesting flowers.


Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Nectar Source: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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