Macbridea caroliniana (Walter) S.F.Blake

Carolina Birds-in-a-nest

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Macbridea

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7 to 8

Size: 1 to 2' tall, 3 to 4' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Found in bogs and marshes of North and South Carolina and therefore requires consistently moist soil. Erect, stoloniferous plant. Pink-purple flowers in August, long, thin deep green leaves. The flowers apparently resemble baby birds waiting to be fed with their mouths open, hence the common name.


Native to North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Published in Rhodora 17: 132 in 1915.

Basionym: Thymbra caroliniana Walter

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