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

Description: 

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.

History: 

Native to North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Published in Rhodora 17: 132 in 1915.

Basionym: Thymbra caroliniana Walter


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