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Rich damp woods.
Coastal plain from NC to FL and TX, inland to southern MO, southern IL, and KY.
Shrub or small tree; leaves opposite, palmately lobed; leaflets 5, rarely more, thin, oblanceolate to obovate, glabrous to tomentulose beneath; calyx tubular, red or yellow, 10-18 mm, shallowly lobed, finely puberulent, petals red or rarely yellow, glandular-ciliate, the lateral 2-3 cm, with oblong-obovate blade and long claw, the upper 2.5-4 cm, with minute, oblong-obovate to suborbicular blade; stamens 6-8, sometimes slightly long than the upper petals; fruit smooth, 3-6 cm.
Flowers April (later when grown in the north)
Wetland indicator: NA
An attractive species that can be grown much further north than its native range.
Gleason, Henry A.
and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
© Michael Hough 2018