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Elephantopus tomentosus

Phonetic Spelling
el-eh-fun-TOE-pus toh-men-TOH-sus
Description

Elephant's Foot is a North Carolina native wildflower that grows in average, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.  It can be found growing in its natural habitat of fairly dry woodlands and woodland borders.  It may also be found in disturbed areas such as roadsides and other clear cut locations.  

Leaves form on at the base of the plant.  These leaves are various sizes and overlap each other around the stem.  The flowering stalk has no leaves, with the exception of the bracts under the flowers.

The leaves are eaten by wildlife.  

It is native to the American tropics.  Thought to be of medicinal value, it has been introduced to other locations where it has become an invasive weed.  

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  It has become an invasive weed in pastures and plantations in many locations.  The growth habit (leaves forming just above ground level) tends to degrade useful land. 

 

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Tags:
#purple#deciduous#partial shade#weed#pink flowers#native perennial#herb garden#NC native#native garden#wildflower garden#native
 
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Tags:
#purple#deciduous#partial shade#weed#pink flowers#native perennial#herb garden#NC native#native garden#wildflower garden#native
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Elephantopus
    Species:
    tomentosus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    U.S.A., NC
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    The flowers can be pink or purple, rarely white.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblanceolate
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are typically basal, however, you may find a few alternate leaves along the stem.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The stem has few (if any) small leaves and divides into flowering stalks.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden