Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Woolly Sunbonnets - Chaptalia tomentosa   Ventenat
Members of Asteraceae:
Only member of Chaptalia in NC.
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DistributionCoastal Plain (including the Sandhills); absent from the northern and northeastern portion of the state; ranges north only to Nash, Pitt, Beaufort, and Hyde counties.

Coastal Plain, NC to southern FL and eastern TX; reported from Hispaniola.
AbundanceFairly common to locally common in the lower Coastal Plain where Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) stands are present. Fairly common at least locally in the Sandhills, but uncommon elsewhere in the range in NC.
HabitatMoist to wet Longleaf Pine savannas and flatwoods, pitcher-plant seepages, blackwater streamhead ecotones.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late March-May.
IdentificationWoolly Sunbonnets consists of basal leaves that are more-or-less flat to the ground, plus 1-2 leafless stems 5 inches to a foot tall. Each stem terminates in a nodding (in flower) to erect (in fruit) head with white rays and disks; however, the backs of the rays are pink to purplish. Leaves are bright green and smooth above, densely but very short, white pubescent beneath. This is a very distinctive plant in leaf and in flower, especially in its spring blooming period (for an "aster-looking" species).
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Pineland Daisy
State RankS4
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSame data, SGL. ScotlandPhoto_natural
B.A. SorrieSandhills Game Land, streamhead ecotone near Watson Road. 21 March 2021. ScotlandPhoto_natural
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