Thursday, September 9, 2010
White Colic-root - Aletris obovata
These blooms also differ by their shape. White colic-root has rounded flowers that are not at all tubular-shaped and they open only slightly at the tip to let pollinating butterflies reach their nectar. Blooming generally occurs a bit later than in yellow colic-root as well; usually between April and June. And, the buds are more evenly spaced along the main stalk.
I have never seen white colic-root offered for sale by anyone affiliated with the Association of Florida Native Nurseries - AFNN - but its interesting aesthetics warrant more attention. It would require similar growing conditions as yellow colic-root: evenly moist soils and partial to full sun. Such conditions are not often easy to provide in typical landscape settings. If used, it would mix well with yellow colic-root and other medium-tall wildflowers that have later blooming seasons.