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Lyonia mariana (L.) D. Don  


Lyonia mariana

Lyonia mariana
Photo by Renee Brecht Britton and Brown. See credits below.**

Botanical name: Lyonia mariana (L.) D. Don
Common name: staggerbush
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth Type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1-6'
Foliage: leaves alternate
Flowers: bell shaped, nodding flowers, 1/2" long, white or pinkish
Flowering/fruiting time late May to late June; fruit September and October
Habitat: peaty or sandy, usually low ground of woods, pinelands
Range in New Jersey: throughout the Coastal Plain
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Misc.: poisonous to livestock
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 691.
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