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Zenobia pulverulenta (W. Bartram ex Willd.) Pollard
Honeycup, Dusty Zenobia
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Zenobia cassinefolia
USDA Symbol: ZEPU3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A small mound-shaped shrub, 3-6 ft., with tardily deciduous or semi-evergreen leaves. Arching twigs are reddish and the red-brown bark exfoliates. Wavy-edged, oval leaves are leathery and silvery-gray, becoming reddish-yellow and finally purple late in the season. Showy, one-sided, axillary flower clusters hold fragrant, bell-shaped, white blossoms.
No serious disease or insect problems.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: GA , NC , SC , VA
Native Distribution: Primarily s.e. VA to n.e. SC
Native Habitat: Damp, sandy or peaty pine barrens; bay forests; hillside bogs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Wet sands, peats & mucks.
Conditions Comments: No serious disease or insect problems.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Low.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Difficult to root from cuttings but comes readily from seed planted shallowly in fine-textured soil in the spring.
Seed Treatment: Stratification for 8 weeks prior to sowing improves germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Zenobia pulverulenta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Zenobia pulverulenta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Zenobia pulverulenta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff