Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Aletris farinosa L. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Liliaceae
Aletris farinosa L.
unicorn root, white colic-root, white stargrass
Aletris: Greek for "female slave who grinds corn," allusion to apparent mealy texture of the flowers
farinosa: mealy, powdery
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 2'-3 1/2' tall forb
Flower: white, 6-parted, 1/4"-1/3" long, tubular, stalked; inflorescence a 4"-8" spike-like terminal cluster (raceme) on a hairless stalk with bract-like leaves; blooms June-July
Fruit:many-seeded capsule
Leaf:basal, narrowly lance-like with pointed tips, smooth
Habitat: dry; open woods, barrens; in sandy, peaty, gravelly soil

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