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Yellow Colic Root Aletris aurea

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Wurmbea bullata
Phonetic Spelling
AY-le-triss AW-ree-uh
Description

Golden Colicroot is a native perennial found in pine savannas, seepage bogs, and pine flatwoods in the coastal plains and sandhills of NC although it is uncommon. Its native range is VA south to FL and west to Texas. The NC Native Plant Society does not recommend this plant for home gardens. 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#yellow flowers#native perennial#NC native#native wildflower#food source summer#food source nectar#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#butterflies#pollinators#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#yellow flowers#native perennial#NC native#native wildflower#food source summer#food source nectar#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#butterflies#pollinators#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aletris
    Species:
    aurea
    Family:
    Nartheciaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern and south central U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , OK , SC , TX , VA
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat tolerant.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays in August.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Spike of golden yellow bell-shaped 6 petaled small 1/4 inch flowers bloom from May to July.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The basal rosette of leaves are oval to lance-shaped and 4-8 inches long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Poor Soil
    Wet Soil