Aletris lutea

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Yellow Colic-root


Plant Specifics

Size:4 ft tall by 0.5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant. Blooms in spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Moist wildflower garden. As it is tall and thin, it's best planted as a group toward the rear of other plants.

Seed. If you manage to establish a patch, potentially vegetatively through division of the bulbs. This species is rarely, if ever, cultivated and its specific propagation requirements are not well known.

It has a reputation for being difficult to grow.

Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Likely acidic



Pollinated by bumblebees and beeflies.

Native Habitats:Open seepage areas, flatwoods, moist ditches.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures