Mock Bishop's Weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Plant Height: 4 to 6 inches
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects: Wasps and flies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant

Comments:
Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 10:25 PM

The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana uses the synonym Discopleura capillacea. She also gives it the common name "Mock Bishop-Weed". The author notes that the plant blooms all summer in wet meadows, both inland and along the coast. She says it is especially common in the salt marshes near New York City. She speculates that the common name comes from the "fancied resemblance between the bracted flower clusters and a bishop's cap."

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