Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Zenobia pulverulenta (W. Bartr.) Pollard
- Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
- Flowering: April-June
- Field Marks: Zenobia differs from all other members of the heath family by its superior ovary,
its bell-shaped white flowers, and its 10 stamens which have short, pointed awns projecting from
- Habitat: Pine savannas, bays, bogs, swamps, pocosins.
- Habit: Colony-forming shrub spreading by underground rhizomes.
- Stems: Slender, smooth, sometimes glaucous, up to 6 feet tall.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, pointed or rounded at the tip, rounded or
tapering to the base, with low rounded teeth along the margins, usually hairy at first, becoming
smooth, often bluish white on the lower surface, up to 3 1/2 inches long, up to 2 inches wide;
leaf stalks up to 1/3 inch long.
- Flowers: Several in showy racemes or corymbs; flower stalks 1/2-1 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, up to 1/8 inch long, leathery, the lobes pointed.
- Petals: 5, white, united into a bell-shaped corolla, 1/4-1/2 inch long.
- Stamens: 10, with awn-pointed teeth at the tips.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules spherical but sometimes flattened, up to 1/4 inch in diameter; seeds numerous,
tiny, rusty in color, shiny.
- Notes: There is considerable variation in the leaves of this species. Its handsome flowers account
for the ornamental value of this species.
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