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NC Native Plant Society:
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Eupatorium capillifolium

Dog-fennel

Scientific Name:

Eupatorium capillifolium

Genus:

Eupatorium

Species Epithet:

capillifolium

Common Name:

Dog-fennel

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Disturbed soils, old fields, clearcuts. Common to locally abundant in the Coastal Plain, Sandhills, and central-eastern Piedmont, but only infrequent in the westernmost Piedmont and mountains

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

The tiny flower heads are numerous and arranged in large, leafy, pyramid-shaped end clusters (corymbs).

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Eupatorium capillifolium. You will likely hear them called Dog-fennel. This picture shows the The tiny flower heads are numerous and arranged in large, leafy, pyramid-shaped end clusters (corymbs). of Eupatorium capillifolium

Bettina Darveaux

The tall, stiff stems are pinkish-red in color. The leaves are finely-dissected into feathery, thread-like segments. Leaves are unpleasantly aromatic when crushed.

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Eupatorium capillifolium. You will likely hear them called Dog-fennel. This picture shows the The tall, stiff stems are pinkish-red in color. The leaves are finely-dissected into feathery, thread-like segments. Leaves are unpleasantly aromatic when crushed. of Eupatorium capillifolium

Bettina Darveaux

Later in the Fall when fruits have matured

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Eupatorium capillifolium. You will likely hear them called Dog-fennel. This picture shows the Later in the Fall when fruits have matured of Eupatorium capillifolium

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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