Aletris aurea

golden colic-root, golden colicroot, colicroot, star grass, yellow colic root, yellow star grass
Family

Liliaceae

Leaf Arrangement

alternate

Leaf Type

simple

Leaf Shape

oblanceolate

Growth Form

forb

Flower Color

yellow

Flower Month

May - July

Height (meters)

0.2 - 0.8

Milky Sap

No

Armed/Unarmed

Unarmed

Origin

native

Lifespan

perennial

Growing Season

Cool season


Wetland Class

FACW

Prairie Coefficient of Conservatism

8

Field Characters

Very similar to Aletris farinosa which has white flowers.

Cultural Information

Germination of the seeds of Aletris farinosa is improved by cold/moist stratification (Steffen 1997). The seeds of A. aurea may also benefit from cold/moist stratification.

Habitat

Damp pine-barrens, bogs and savannahs.