Triosteum perfoliatum L.
Feverwort, Wild Coffee
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
USDA Symbol: TRPE5
A coarse plant with hairy, sticky stems and few-flowered clusters of small, tubular, red to greenish flowers in axils of upper leaves.
The fruit can be dried, roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. The genus name refers to the fruit's trio of bony seeds. A closely related species with a similar range, Orange-Fruit Horse-Gentian (T. aurantiacum), has a smooth stem. Narrow-leaved Horse-Gentian (T. angustifolium) has yellow flowers and leaves to 2 inches (5 cm) long.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Ontario and Quebec; New York and Massachusetts south to Georgia, west to Louisiana and Oklahoma, and north to Nebraska and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Open, rocky woods and thickets.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Triosteum perfoliatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Triosteum perfoliatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Triosteum perfoliatum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff