Common Name: Blackroot
Latin Name: Pterocaulon pycnostachyum
Habit: A perennial wildflower that grows to a height of about 2 feet.
Leaves: Alternate, elliptic to lanceolate with wavy margins. Some leaf bases, and stems, are winged.
Flowers: White flower spikes appear in the spring and summer.
Habitat: Pine stands, sandhills and dry disturbed sites.
Landscape: It grows in full sun to part shade with average to dry soils.
Range: It is native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
It grows in zones 8a to 11.
Wildlife use: Bees and butterflies use the flowers as a nectar source.