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Rosy Twisted-stalk Streptopus lanceolatus var. roseus


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Rosy Twisted-stalk
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Family: Liliaceae, Lily view all from this family

Description Rosy Twisted-stalk 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.

Flower April - July

Flower April - July

Habitat Cool, rich woods; north-facing slopes.

Range Southern New England to Pennsylvania and Ohio and south to Alabama.

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.

Exposure Preference Shade.

Native Distribution Newfoundland. to New Jersey, w. to n. Minnesota & Iowa; mts. to North Carolina; also in Alaska, w. Canada, Oregon & Washington

Site Preference Cool, rich woods; north-facing slopes

Soil Preference Moist, humus-rich soil. pH 5-6.5.