Colic root (Aletris farinosa)

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Water Preferences: Mesic

John Flannery from Richmond County, North Carolina, USA [CC BY-SA

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Location: Richmond County, North Carolina, USADate: 1 Jun 2008John Flannery from Richmond County, North Carolina, USA [CC BY-SA
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Sydenham Edwards (d. 1819) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 9:31 PM

The book, "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana advises that this plant can be found in low, wet meadows and in grassy woods. She notes a superficial appearance to "the twisted spikes of ladies' tresses" but says the "flat rosette of lance-shaped leaves from which springs the white wand of flowers is a distinguishing feature of the colic root." She also describes the blossoms as "wrinkled and rough outside." They have a look of being dusted with white meal, which is where they get their genus name, Aletris, a Greek word meaning "a female slave who grinds corn." She also describes the fragrance as faint and raspberry-like.

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