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Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus (Twistedstalk)
Cressler, Alan

Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus

Streptopus lanceolatus (Aiton) Reveal var. roseus (Michx.) Reveal

Twistedstalk, Rosy Twistedstalk

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Streptopus roseus

USDA Symbol: stlar

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Rosy twistedstalk is a 12-30 in. perennial with light-green, alternate, oval leaves arranged on zigzag stems. The dainty, bell-shaped, rose-tinged flowers hang from twisted pedicels (flower stems) which are attached at the side of each leaf axil. The fruit is a round, red berry, almost 1/2 in. in diameter.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Fruit: Red

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CT , GA , MD , NC , NJ , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , WV
Canada: BC , NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Nf. to NJ, w. to n. MN & IA; mts. to NC; also in AK, w. Canada, OR & WA
Native Habitat: Cool, rich woods; north-facing slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, humus-rich soil.
Conditions Comments: An oak or beech leaf winter cover is desirable. The species has been divided into the following varieties: var. perspectus, throughout the eastern part of the species range; var. roseus, of the s. Appalacians; var. longipes, of MI, WI & MN; and var. curvipes, in the West.


Use Food: EDIBLE PARTS: Tender young shoots with leaves may be added to a salad.A few berries make a pleasant nibble. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: Berries. Low toxicity if ingested. Unknown symptoms but suspected to be toxic due to close relationship with known toxic plants. Toxic Principle: Possibly cardiac glycosides. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: Propagate by seed or root division. Divide rhizomes while the plant is dormant. Sow seeds as soon as they ripen.
Commercially Avail: yes

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus


Record Modified: 2023-02-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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