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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Triosteum Perfoliatum / Family: Caprifoliaceae
Late Horse Gentian / Wild Coffee, Swink/Wilhelm # 5

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FLOWERING: May - Early June

SEED TIMING: Mid-October through November

HABITAT: Open woodlands and edges

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 2 - 4 feet high. A coarse plant with large, paired leaves surrounding stem. Small nests of maroon flowers at the leaf axils, followed by clusters of orange berries.

TO PICK: Fruit looks like a mini-orange tomato, is hairy, and contains 3 nutlets. Will come off easily when ripe.


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