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Stenanthium gramineum (Eastern featherbells)
Cressler, Alan

Stenanthium gramineum

Stenanthium gramineum (Ker Gawl.) Morong

Eastern Featherbells, Featherbells

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: STGR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A large, narrow, pyramidal panicle of small, white, nodding flowers on a stem rising from a basal rosette of folded, grass-like leaves.

The genus name, from the Greek stenos ("narrow") and anthos ("flower"), refers to the narrow, pointed sepals and petals and to the shape of the panicle.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , DC , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: Pennsylvania south to Florida, west to Texas, and northeast to Missouri and Michigan.
Native Habitat: Open, rocky woods and sandy bogs.

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:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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