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White Bluebead Lily Clintonia umbellulata

 

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White Bluebead Lily
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Alternate name: White Clintonia

Family: Liliaceae, Lily view all from this family



Description A low plant with a basal clump of broad, glossy, slightly pubescent leaves surrounding an 6-20 in. leafless stem topped by a cluster of nodding white flowers speckled with green and purple. Black, spherical berries follow the flowers.


Flower May - June.


Flower May - June


Habitat Cool, rich mountain woods.


Range New Jersey, c. New York, and Ohio, south to Georgia mountains.


Discussion Long-lasting leaves remain green all summer, creating an excellent groundcover for shady spots. This species is considered easier to establish and maintain than the more northerly C. borealis.


Comments Long-lasting leaves remain green all summer, creating an excellent groundcover for shady spots. This species is considered easier to establish and maintain than the more northern C. borealis.


Exposure Preference Shade.


Native Distribution New Jersey, c. New York & Ohio, s. to Georgia mts.


Site Preference Cool, rich mt. woods


Soil Preference Humus-rich soils. pH 5-6


 

 

 

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