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Grass Leaved Lily Stenanthium gramineum

Phonetic Spelling
sten-ANTH-ee-um gram-IN-ee-um
Description

 

Stenanthium gramineum, or Feather Bells, is an perennial, herbaceous wildflower in the lily family. The plant displays small white flowers in a large cluster from June through September. It is native to the southeastern United States and often found in open, rocky woods and sandy bogs. The fragrant flowers attract bees and the foliage is often seen as ornamental.

Feather Bells tolerates average soil, but performs best in slightly acidic, well-drained soil, rich in organic material. Except for deep shade, it can be grown under any light condition; however, the best flower performance occurs in full sun with supplemental watering to keep the soil consistently moist. It enjoys a long blooming period of 6 weeks, or more, beginning mid to late summer and possibly extending until frost.

Mature clumps can be divided while dormant or in early spring, but it is best propagated from seed. Although naturalizing, this is not an aggressive species.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or problems.

 

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#bees#fragrant flowers#perennial#nectar plant#ornamental grass#NC native#wildflower garden#food source fall#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FACW#audubon
 
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#bees#fragrant flowers#perennial#nectar plant#ornamental grass#NC native#wildflower garden#food source fall#coastal FAC#Piedmont Mountains FACW#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stenanthium
    Species:
    gramineum
    Family:
    Melanthiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & Eastern U.S.A
    Distribution:
    throughout
    Wildlife Value:
    Insects come to the plant for the nectar.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays from AUgust to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Colored Sepals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    A large, narrow, pyramidal panicle of small, white to green, nodding flowers on branches cluster up to 2 feet long. Each flower has three pointed petals and three sepals (longer than their width). Flowers on lateral branches are mostly staminate. Flowers bloom from June to September.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Long, narrow grasslike leaves are folded lengthwise, most numerous near the base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stem rises from a basal rosette of folded, grass-like leaves and supports a pannicle of white flowers.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators