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Diodia virginiana

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
dy-OH-dee-uh vir-jin-ee-AN-uh
Description

Virginia Buttonweed is a native branching, sprawling plant with small white star-shaped flowers in the leaf axis. It can be found in swamps, wet meadows, marshes, coastal prairies, and in the mud along streams and ponds. It is considered a weed by many but it is enjoyed by bees. The tiny white flowers bloom in summer and fall. It is not generally used as a landscape plant. 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#summer#white flowers#wildflowers#weedy#fall interest#wetlands#year-round interest#ponds#autumn
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#summer#white flowers#wildflowers#weedy#fall interest#wetlands#year-round interest#ponds#autumn
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Diodia
    Species:
    virginiana
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and Eastern USA
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The hairy, green fruit is an oval to an elliptic, leathery capsule containing two seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1/2 inch white or pale purple, funnel-shaped flowers in the leaf axis with short hairs
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Narrow, stiff leaves with bristles at the base that are up to 3.5 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are longitudinally ridged with hairs along the ridges.
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Weedy