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Paronychia virginica (Whitlow-wort)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Paronychia virginica

Paronychia virginica Spreng.

Whitlow-wort, Broom Nailwort, Yellow Nailwort, Park's Nailwort

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Synonym(s): Paronychia parksii, Paronychia scoparia, Paronychia virginica var. parksii, Paronychia virginica var. scoparia

USDA Symbol: PAVI4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Flowering stems up to about 18 inches tall. Sterile stems much shorter.
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , DC , MD , MO , NC , OK , TX , VA , WV
Native Habitat: Found in all soils around Texas.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: This plant thrives in xeric conditions and is typically found on bare caliche. This semi-woody plant has an interesting form, with flat clusters 2-4" across of bright yellow flowers that do not have petals.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & 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 Paronychia virginica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Paronychia virginica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Paronychia virginica


Record Modified: 2023-02-21
Research By: NPC

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