Lachnanthes caroliana

redroot

Haemodoraceae

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3 ft    Width: 0.5 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,yellow
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Groundcover or mass planting in wet areas.
Propagation: Easily spread by division. Can also be planted from seed (no cold stratification is needed). Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: 4 - 6.5

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
This is a favorite food plant of feral hogs which will dig up large patches overnight.
Native Habitats: Marshes, wet depressions, disturbed areas, cutthroat seeps, disturbed sites (dry muck), flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   

Other

Ethnobotany: Poisonous.
Other Comments: Flowers have yellow tepals but the inflorescence has abundant white hairs which provide an overall white aspect in the landscape. The species is named for its red roots and rhizomes.