Sida hermaphrodita
(Virginia Fanpetals)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Virginia Fanpetals, Virginia Mallow
    Synonyms: Napaea hermaphrodita
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Sida hermaphrodita, or Virginia Fanpetals, has a very limited range in the US, found only in the middle Appalachian Mountain area, easpecially along the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, and a seemingly disjunct population near the Michigan-Ohio-Indiana border. It is considered rare, and is endangered or threatened in some states. It is a tall perennial that grows along streams, roadsides, woodland edges and railroads.

The flowers resemble small, white Rose-of-Sharons. It is quite distinct from most other plants, with star-shaped leaves with 5 - 7 points, and tall stalks. It looks similar to Hibiscus species, or other members of the mallow family, but its many small white flowers help distinguish it.

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