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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Stellaria corei

Tennessee Starwort

Scientific Name:

Stellaria corei

Genus:

Stellaria

Species Epithet:

corei

Common Name:

Tennessee Starwort

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Cove forests and seepages at moderate to high elevations, rarely escaped from cultivation. Uncommon to locally common in the NC Mountains, rare in w. Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

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:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Spreading growth habit. The sepals of Tennessee Starwort exceed the length of the petals, unlike Stellaria pubera, whose sepals are shorter than the petals.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/stellaria-corei/



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