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Hairy Synandra, Guyandotte Beauty, Wyandotte Beauty

Synandra hispidula

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Synandra
Species: hispidula (hiss-PID-yoo-luh) (Info)



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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


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Bloom Color:


Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Glouster, Ohio

Forest, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 18, 2014, DanMiles from Forest, VA wrote:

I have found Synandra to be easily grown from seed in pots, and in rich, moist woods. Seeds should be sown and overwintered outdoors for germination in the following spring. A small percentage of them will not germinate until the second spring. They prefer neutral soil (which fresh potting soil provides) and moderate to high fertility. They require mostly sunny conditions in spring before and during flowering. Morning sun, or the cover of deciduous trees is best. Mine flowered much longer than under natural conditions (through early summer) when given more light, moisture, and nutrients than those grown in deciduous woodland.

They have continued to reproduce on their own in my woodland for several years without care. There, I enriched the soil with 4" of compost 10 years a... read more


On Nov 30, 2004, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Synandra hispidula is a Federally threatened species that is about ready to be classified as endangered. There is a large stand of it growing in our woods and after 8 years of trying to ID this wildflower, yesterday I finally found out what it was.
It is a native biennial that reaches 8-16" tall.
One of the reasons for its becoming threatened is due to lack of canopy from logging.
The states that this wildflower can still be found in are Alabama, Illinoise, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. There are only 3 populations left in Illinoise, all in Shawnee National Forest, and it is quite rare in Kentucky. I'm not sure how recently this information has been updated.