Helonias bullata swamp pink Liliaceae HEBU; R, cp (Lamont and Young 2002; planted but spreading);

  

Helonias bullata.Steve Croy.www.fs.fed.us

Helonias bullata.Steve Croy.www.fs.fed.us. (Accessed 4/2014).

Helonias bullata is a perennial monocotyledon herb, flowering stem to 1 m tall, unbranched, hollow. 

Leaves basal, to 30 cm long, semi-evergreen, lance-shaped, stem leaves bract-like. 

Flowers pink, to 1 cm wide, 6-parted, fragrant, anthers blue; ffinflorescence a crowded, thick, oval spike 3-10 cm long, to 3 cm wide, at top of stem. 

Fruit dry, 3-lobed, capsule, splitting open to release numerous seeds, 0.5 cm long. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent (G3 globally rare, Federal LT). 

Origin: Native 

Habitat: Planted by R. Lynch in a swamp forest and has proliferated. Seed originally from the natural population in western New Jersey.