An October Flower from Jed in NC

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24″ evergreen shrub, foliage similar to rosemary. Clusters of small white flowers in October. Requires full sun, well drained soil. Found around Columbia, SC along I-20 and I-77 on the sand ridges.

Hi Jed,

This is a very interesting native plant called ‘October flower’ – Polygonella polygama that is mostly restricted to the sandhills from Virginia to Florida.  They are related to buckwheat, distantly, both in the family Polygonaceae.  Sometimes I like to call them ‘sand buckwheat’ because that sounds nicer than their general common name ‘jointweed’.  Nice picture!


Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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