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PlantFiles: 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)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
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Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Bloom Time:
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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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JWnativeplant 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.

Neutral JulieQ 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.


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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