Stylodon carneus (Medik.) Moldenke - Carolina False Vervain
Family - Verbenaceae
Flowering - April - July.
Habitat - Xeric sandhills, dry hammocks, thin, sandy woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found mainly in the southern half of Alabama in counties that have dry sandy soils. The plant can be identified by its square, pubescent stems, opposite, rugose leaves, and long spikes of flowers. The spikes typically make up more than half the plant. The flowers are whitish in bright sun but typically fade to pink or pinkish-lavender.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 5-6-05.