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Prenanthes serpentaria (Cankerweed)
Cressler, Alan

Prenanthes serpentaria

Prenanthes serpentaria Pursh

Cankerweed, Lion's Foot, Butterweed, Gall Of The Earth

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Nabalus integrifolius, Nabalus serpentarius, Prenanthes integrifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Lions Foot (Prenanthes serpentaria) is similar to P. alba but has white bristles on its fruit and the stem lacks bloom.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , KY , MA , MD , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WV

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-08-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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