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Devil's Grandmother
Elephantopus tomentosus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Elephantopus (el-eh-fun-TOE-pus) (Info)
Species: tomentosus (toh-men-TOH-sus) (Info)




24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly


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Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama

Daleville, Alabama

Guntersville, Alabama

Pelham, Alabama

Athens, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

Cornelia, Georgia

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (2 reports)

Manning, South Carolina

Burgess, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 21, 2013, JWnativeplant from Burgess, VA
United States wrote:

This plant grows profusely in one area of our property in the Northern Neck of VA. It gets lots of morning sun but is shaded in the afternoon. Unfortunately it grows in a high traffic area near our dock so I am experimenting with transplanting it.


On Aug 27, 2008, JulieQ from Bella Vista, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

The large basal leaves are what attracted me to this plant / weed. It grows everywhere without any special care. I have never watered it and it survived last summer's drought. It is growing in the middle of my yard... I was mowing it down. Then, I allowed some of them to grow on the edge of my wooded area and that's how I found out how interesting looking they are. They work well in my native woodland area.