Zenobia pulverulenta (Bartram ex Willd.) Pollard
Zenobia cassinefolia (Vent.) Pollard
Honeycup is native to the southeastern United States.
Plants: This is a shrub, 20-71" (50-180 cm) in height, with red-brown shredding bark.
Leaves: Arranged spirally around stems, ovate to ellliptic, bluish-silverish, glaucous, ¾-2½" (2-7 cm) long. (Some varieties have green leaves.) The leaves have crenate margins, though you have to take a fairly close look to notice them. In the fall, the leaves become brilliant reddish-yellow, then purple.
Flowers: Large clusters of white, bell-shaped flowers. These are similar to those of many related species such as blueberries, but wider and flatter, often almost bowl-shaped, ⅜-⁷/₁₆" (1-1.2 cm) in size. The fragrant flowers emit a scent described by some as “citrus-like and fruity,” the source of the name “honeycup.”
Fruits: A dry five-valved capsule. When they first form, there is a little “antenna” poking from the top of each capsule (part of the flower). This often falls away, leaving a bumpy brown capsule.
Zenobia pulverulenta on www.carolinanature.com
Zenobia pulverulenta on Discover Life
Zenobia pulverulenta at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Zenobia pulverulenta on Wikipedia
Zenobia pulverulenta description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 26 Jun 2017.
Range: Zones 5-9: