Harper's Ginger


Beth Clendenen: Auburn Horticulture

Ryan Shurette: U.S. Forest Service

Al Schotz: AL Natural Heritage Program

Keith Tassin: The Nature Conservancy AL

Rachel Conley: Westervelt Ecological Services

Nancy Cobb: AL Wildflower Society

Richard Cobb: AL Wildflower Society

Contact point: Beth Clendenen Horticulture Auburn Univ, AL 36849 

Phone: (334) 844-3030  Email: clendfb@auburn.edu


Project Rational:  Hexastylis speciosa is a native evergreen perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Aristolochiacea family.  The plant is stemless and the leaves are sagitate with green mottling on the upper surface of the foliage.  Flowering occurs in spring (April-May).  All Hexastylis species blooms occur under the foliage and are often referred to as ‘little brown jugs’, but the flower of Hexastylis speciosa is much larger and showier than many ginger blooms.  It occurs in shaded sites, well-drained sandy loam in open pine-deciduous forests above acidic streams or bogs.  Hexastylis speciosa is endemic to a small area north of Montgomery, Alabama and is listed as a G2 S2, imperiled species.

Short-term Goals:

  1. Further document germination and propagation techniques  
  2. Collect seed from more sites
  3. Monitor in situ populations

Long-term Goals:

  1. Build ex situ populations
  2. Establish partners for ex situ safeguarding sites
  3. Augment existing populations


  1. Specimens and seed have been collected from several known locations
  2. Seedlings successfully started and wild collected material successfully maintained by Auburn University Horticulture Department (2015-2016)




Last updated: 05/15/2017