Herbertia - Prairie Nymph
Trifurcia lahue spp. caerulea
Liliaceae (Lily) Family

Herbertia is also known as Alophia Lily or Drummond’s Alophia.

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial from a bulb. Preferred habitat is at roadsides, in pine woods, grassy areas and pastures. Distribution is scattered in the Escambia River basin.

Leaves are alternate on the stem and usually located at the base of the plant; linear or strap-like; no teeth or lobes and extend underground to sheath the bulb.

Flowers are at the end of the stem and usually solitary; symmetrical and bisexual. Sepals are pale to dark violet with purple spots; whitish at the base. The sepals are usually seen as petals because of their larger size; however, the petals are three small fan-like structures located at the center of the flower. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

These plants have a flower spread of about two inches across on a slender stem that may be as much as 8-10 inches high depending on surrounding grasses. Considered rare in this area but may be found in scattered locations along H-31 in Escambia, Alabama and H-90 near Pensacola. They are known in Mississippi only in the Picayune and Vicksburg areas and in Louisiana between Hammond and Covington along I-12. Texas has reported their presence along I-35 near San Marcos and I-10 near Schulenburg.

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