American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Frasera caroliniensis Accepted
Swertia caroliniensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: up to 8'
Leaves: Other: Large up to 16" long, whorled at the base and along the stem, broadest at tip, narrowing toward stem.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Brown
Other: Whitish green flowers form large cluster at top of stem. Each flower up to 1" across, w/ brownish-purple dots & a large gland on each of the 4 petals.
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: After established, usually several years before flowering stem shoots up.
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 25, 2011 6:33 PM

Habitat/range - moist a/o sandy woods.
Flowering stem doesn't appear for several years after large basal leaves produced. Plant blooms and then dies.
Unique plant.

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