Tennessee Yellow-Eyed Grass (Xyris tennesseensis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Miscellaneous: Endangered

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 11, 2012 12:20 PM

It is native to a small section of the Southeastern United States, where it is known from the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. It is threatened by the loss and degradation of its habitat. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States.

Threats to the species include habitat destruction during timber operations, including clearcutting. Timber companies own much of the land occupied by the plant in Tennessee. Removal of stands of trees causes the soil to dry, making it inhospitable for this wetland endemic plant. Road construction and maintenance, including herbicide application, is a threat. (Wikipedia)

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