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Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Xerophyllum asphodeloides (L.) Nutt.

Helonias asphodeloides L.

Turkeybeard, Eastern Turkeybeard, Beartongue, Glass-leaved Helonias, Mountain Asphodel

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderLilialesIncludes lilies, tulips, trilliums, greenbriars, and others
FamilyMelanthiaceaeTrillium family
GenusXerophyllumWith dry leaves, alluding to the tough, persistent leaves
SpeciesasphodeloidesA loanword from the Greek ἀσφόδελος. In Greek legend the asphodel is one of the most famous of the plants connected with the dead and the underworld

About plant names...

Turkeybeard is native to the eastern United States. It prefers low, sandy ground, such as pine barrens and mountain woods, in acid soil.

Plants: 31-59" (80-150 cm) tall.

Leaves: Leaves form a basal rosette. Each leaf is narrow—threadlike to linear, and has serrated edges. Leaves are 12-20" (30-50 cm) × ¹/₁₆-⅛" (2-3 mm).

Flowers: Flowers form a long spikelike raceme, with white flowers. Each flower is ⅜-⅝" (1-1.6 cm) around, and has 6 tepals. Flowers open from the bottom of the raceme upward. Flowers late May to early July.

Fruits: Round or oval 3-lobed capsules ⅛-³/₁₆" (4-5.5 mm) long.

Online References:

Xerophyllum asphodeloides on www.georgiawildlife.com

Xerophyllum asphodeloides on www.cumauriceriver.org

Xerophyllum asphodeloides on Wikipedia

Xerophyllum asphodeloides (Turkeybeard, Eastern Turkeybeard, Beartongue, Glass-leaved Helonias, Mountain Asphodel)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 12 × 18" (29 × 46 cm)

Xerophyllum asphodeloides (Turkeybeard, Eastern Turkeybeard, Beartongue, Glass-leaved Helonias, Mountain Asphodel)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 22 cm)

Xerophyllum asphodeloides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 26 Jun 2017.

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Xerophyllum asphodeloides (Turkeybeard, Eastern Turkeybeard, Beartongue, Glass-leaved Helonias, Mountain Asphodel)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm)

Xerophyllum asphodeloides (Turkeybeard, Eastern Turkeybeard, Beartongue, Glass-leaved Helonias, Mountain Asphodel)

7/7/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Xerophyllum asphodeloides (Turkeybeard, Eastern Turkeybeard, Beartongue, Glass-leaved Helonias, Mountain Asphodel)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 9 × 10" (23 × 24 cm)

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