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Prosartes maculata (Nodding mandarin)
Wallace, George

Prosartes maculata

Prosartes maculata (Buckley) A. Gray

Nodding Mandarin, Spotted Mandarin

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Disporum maculatum

USDA Symbol: PRMA14

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Creamy white or yellowish flowers, spotted with purple, hanging singly or in pairs from ends of usually forked stems, directly opposite top leaf.

A similar yellow-flowered species, Prosartes lanuginosa, found in Ontario and from New York south to Georgia and Arkansas, has yellow, unspotted flowers and smooth red berries. These plants resemble bellworts (Uvularia).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AL , GA , KY , MI , NC , OH , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: Ohio and Virginia south to Georgia and Alabama.
Native Habitat: Moist wooded slopes.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

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
Webref 83 - Wildflowers of the United States (2020) Gerry Williamson

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff, SCB

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