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NC Native Plant Society:
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Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]

Rugel's Ragwort, Rugel's Indian-plantain

Scientific Name:

Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]

Genus:

Rugelia

Species Epithet:

nudicaulis

Common Name:

Rugel's Ragwort, Rugel's Indian-plantain

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

High elevation forests and openings, primarily in spruce-fir forests, but extending in places downslope into northern hardwood forests. The genus and species is endemic to the Great Smoky Mountains of w. NC and e. TN, all known populations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Can be locally common to abundant in the higher elevations of the Smokies, near the TN state line. Rare more than perhaps 5 miles from the state line.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

SR-L: Significantly Rare: Limited (*Key)

The flower head consists of yellowish-white disk florets with no ray florets

Clingmans Dome, Swain County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]. You will likely hear them called Rugel's Ragwort, Rugel's Indian-plantain. This picture shows the The flower head consists of yellowish-white disk florets with no ray florets of Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]

Bettina Darveaux

Clingmans Dome, Swain County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]. You will likely hear them called Rugel's Ragwort, Rugel's Indian-plantain. This picture shows the  of Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]

Bettina Darveaux

Ovate basal leaves have long petioles. Flowering stems are leafless except for a few bracts.

Clingmans Dome, Swain County, NC

The Scientific Name is Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]. You will likely hear them called Rugel's Ragwort, Rugel's Indian-plantain. This picture shows the Ovate basal leaves have long petioles. Flowering stems are leafless except for a few bracts.  of Rugelia nudicaulis [=Senecio rugelia, Cacalia rugelia]

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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