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Carolina Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)

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Cabomba Caroliniana, or more commonly know as Carolina Fanwort, is a forb/herb (a forb/herb is a non-woody plant that is not a grass) with gray-green foliage and white flowers of the genus Cabomba. It has a rapid growth rate and a height of 0 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is summer, blooms during indeterminate and is somewhat tolerant of shade. Cabomba Caroliniana or Carolina Fanwort's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Cabomba
  • Family: Cabombaceae
  • Order: Nymphaeales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Forb/herb
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N)
  • State Noxious Status: CA (QW) CT (IB) MA (P) ME (IAP) VT (CAW) WA (CBW WAWQ)
  • State Noxious Common Name: CA (Carolina fanwort) CT (fanwort) MA (Carolina fanwort fanwort) ME (fanwort) VT (fanwort) WA (fanwort)
  • PLANTS Invasive Status: STATE
  • State T/E Status: IN (X) KY (T)
  • State T/E Common Name: IN (Carolina fanwort) KY (Carolina fanwort)
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: OBL
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(OBL) 2(OBL) 3(OBL) 5(OBL) 6(OBL)
  • Active Growth Period: Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: Yes
  • Flower Color: White
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Gray-Green
  • Foliage Texture: Fine
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Multiple Stem
  • Growth Rate: Rapid
  • Height Mature (feet): 0
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Prostrate
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: High
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: None
  • Fertility Requirement: Medium
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 140
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: High
  • pH (Minimum): 5.7
  • pH (Maximum): 9.2
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 40
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 60
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Salinity Tolerance: None
  • Shade Tolerance: Intermediate
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -23
  • Bloom Period: Indeterminate
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: Low
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Spring
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 500000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Rapid
  • Seedling Vigor: High
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: Rapid




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