Blooms from Feb-May in open woods, suburban lawns, valleys and fields. The delicate, starry, 5-petalled pinkish-white flowers have pink veins and stamens. The flowers are loose, open clusters, and open about 5″ above fleshy dark green, narrow, lance-shaped basal leaves. Will naturalize and form colonies over time from seed, giving a soft, carpet-like effect. Entire plant goes dormant soon after it blooms. If planted in a lawn, let the leaves go dormant before mowing. Roots are small rounded corms that taste like water chestnuts.
Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace
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