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Oconee-bells (Shortia galacifolia)

Shortia galacifolia growing creek side at the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC. Photo Credit: Joe-Ann McCoy
  • Global Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Diapensiaceae
  • State: GA, NC, SC, TN, VA
  • Nature Serve ID: 149979
  • Lifeform: Subshrub, Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/01/1985

Where is Oconee-bells (Shortia galacifolia) located in the wild?


found in woods along mountain streams, usually growing under rosebay and mountain laurel

States & Provinces:

Oconee-bells can be found in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Which CPC Partners conserve Oconee-bells (Shortia galacifolia)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Tina Stanley
  • 03/14/2023
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Missouri Botanical Garden holds accessions of ​​​​​​​​Shortia galacifolia in orthodox seed banking.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Endemic to the southern Appalachian Mountains. The species has lost populations in the past due to horticultural collection, and multiple dam construction projects; the long-looked-for type locality is now under the waters of Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. Despite its very local distribution, the species is abundant at many of the remaining sites.

  • 01/01/2010

recorded from one county in Georgia

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Taxon Shortia galacifolia
Authority Torr. & Gray
Family Diapensiaceae
CPC Number 3950
ITIS 23800
Duration Perennial
Common Names Oconee-bells | Oconee bells
Associated Scientific Names Shortia galacifolia
State Rank
State State Rank
Georgia S1
North Carolina S2
South Carolina S3
Tennessee SNA
Virginia SNA
Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Honey bees Apis mellifera Confirmed Pollinator Link

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