Parietaria pensylvanica
(Pennsylvania Pellitory)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Pennsylvania Pellitory
    Synonyms: Parietaria obtusa, Parietaria occidentalis
      Lifespan: Annual
      Zones: N/A
      Type: Forb
      Bloom Time: May - September
      Status: Native

    Parietaria pensylvanica, or Pennsylvania Pellitory, is native and reported in the entire United States, though it is apparently rare in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. It is an annual that grows in yards, under shrubs, in waste areas, and also on forest floors and thickets. It blooms throughout much of the season, starting in mid spring and continuing to early fall, with relatively small green flowers that are easily overlooked.

    This plant looks similar to other similar plants, like those in the Acalphya genus. The easiest way to distinguish it is by its untoothed leaves and the many small green flowers that go up and down almost the entire stem.

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