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Yellow Colic-root Aletris lutea

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Phonetic Spelling
AY-le-triss LOO-tee-uh
Description

Yellow Colic-root is a short-lived pernnial wildflower found in savannas, bogs, and flooded pine woodlands along the coast from Louisiana to Florida. It is in the Bog Asphodel family (Nartheciaceae) though for a long time it was placed in the lily family (Liliaceae).  Grow it in full sun and moist soil but not standing water.  It propagates by seed or the rhizomes of mature plantings can be divided though it can be challenging to grow in cultivation and difficult to find in the nursery industry.  If you do grow it, planted it in groups or in mass at the back of borders. 

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Tags:
#boggy#mass planting#wet sites#woodland#wildflower garden#short lifespan#food source summer#border back#food source nectar#food source pollen#small group plantings#wet soils tolerant#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#boggy#mass planting#wet sites#woodland#wildflower garden#short lifespan#food source summer#border back#food source nectar#food source pollen#small group plantings#wet soils tolerant#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aletris
    Species:
    lutea
    Family:
    Nartheciaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    LA, GA, AL, MS, FL
    Wildlife Value:
    Pollinators are attracted to flowers
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays in June.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Petals:
    Colored Sepals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Raceme of small cylindrical yellow flowers on talks 1'-3' tall. Flowers are 2 1/2 times longer than they are wide with tepals (petals and sepals) that have a mealy texture like ground grain leading do the name of this genus. Flowers bloom from March to May.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Lacks leafy stems, basal rosette of simple, leathery, linear leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil