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Iresine rhizomatosa (Juda’s Bush)


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This 1′-3′ tall native perennial is covered with long-lasting white inflorescences in the late summer and fall. Other members of the genus are known as Jubas’ bush, because the way the plants moving in the wind reminded people of the Juba dance. (I suspect that this plant was originally called Juba’s bush also. It is Great for dried arrangements. As a member of the Amaranthaceae, it serves as a larval host to the Common Checkered Skipper and The Hayhurst’s Scallopwing. It provides abundant insects and seeds for birds.  In the local area, it occurs at the edges on sunny salt marshes and in maritime thickets. However, the same species also occurs in moist shady woodlands inland along the Mississippi Valley.  Plants are dioecious (male and female flowers are on separate plants), plant several to ensure pollination. Native to AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA. It is very rare locally. Although I have been botanizing in Beaufort Co., SC since 1991, I have only found it growing wild in 3 spots (2 of them less than 6 square feet in area). We propagated our plants from those populations. Plant it in your garden, to keep this rare beauty around.




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3.5" pot


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