pulverulenta is a genus with just a single species, a distinctive
member of the
Ericaeae. A small growing shrub from southeastern USA (Virginia, N.
Carolina, S. Carolina),
it is nonetheless hardy in much more northerly locations, to at least USDA
Zone 5. I was given
this plant from someone who has grown it for years outdoors in New
to the coastal plains, in bogs and among low thickets of evergreen shrubs,
shrub is easy to grow in sun and good garden loam, even tolerant of heat
drought, although appreciating good irrigation to be at it's finest.
Said to grow 4'-6' tall,
it is so slow growing that a 6' tall shrub must be very old indeed.
Flowering in June from the old wood, the pendant white bells
are rather plump
and wide open, compared to the pinched bells of Vaccinium and other
Ericaceous shrubs. The flowers have a light, yet enticing
citrus-like fruity scent.
Zenobia pulverulenta is famous for it's striking glaucous blue-green
there are forms with regular green leaves. Forms with nearly blue-white
present a memorable sight. My plant is seed grown, and appears to be
green-leaf form with only a touch of glaucous tendencies. Too bad,
but it's a first
class small shrub nonetheless. In the photo below, I'm holding up a
flowering branch to reveal the inside of the rotund bells.
pulverulenta - blazing late fall color ]