Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Appalachian Barbara's-buttons (Marshallia grandiflora)
    Aster Family

    Appalachian Barbara’s-buttons forms 12” clumps of evergreen, dark, glossy green leaves. Pale purple flowers with blue anthers emerge in mid summer and last for several weeks. Naturally found in wet forests and meadows, this plant needs plenty of moisture, rich soil, and sunshine to thrive. Can be grown successfully in containers to achieve optimal soil. This species is extinct in NC and is considered endangered, rare, or vulnerable across its remaining range.

    Blooms: Pale purple, 3-4 weeks, Jun-July
    Leaves: Oblong, tapering leaves have an evergreen basal rosette
    Height: 12-18”
    Space: 12-18”
    Soil: Moist, rich, can be flooded occasionally
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Bees, butterflies
    Seeds: Brown nutlets are packed tightly in flowering head
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 5-8?
    Native Status: NC native, extinct in NC
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown