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Beach Drops Epifagus virginiana

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ep-ih-FAG-us vir-jin-ee-AN-uh
Description

Beach-drops is a parasitic wildflower only found growing under beech trees.  It has interesting copper-purple flowers that appear on erect stalks from late summer into fall.  

 

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Tags:
#white#brown#fall interest#NC native#copper leaves#autumn#wildflower garden#parasitic#late summer flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#brown#fall interest#NC native#copper leaves#autumn#wildflower garden#parasitic#late summer flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Epifagus
    Species:
    virginiana
    Family:
    Orobanchaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. Canada to E. U.S.A. and Mexico
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Yellowish, reddish, or brown flowers in axils of scattered, dry scales
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Cream/Tan
    Purple/Lavender
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Scale-like leaves without green pigments; many-branched brownish tan to purplish stems arise from a thick, scaly base
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No