Bog asphodel (Narthecium americanum)

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Illustration of Narthecium americanum by Robin A. Jess

Species: Narthecium americanum
Common Name: Bog asphodel
Status: Endangered, New Jersey, North Carolina (believed extirpated)
Range: New Jersey, United States

Map of United States illustrating the range of Narthecium americanum

Artist: Robin A. Jess
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Watercolor

Since the early 1900s, the acreage of New Jersey pine barrens savannah harboring this wildflower has plummeted. Numerous threats to the bog asphodel’s populations include maturing forests, development of cranberry bogs, and incompatible recreational activities.



A specimen of Bog asphodel (Narthecium americanum) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Narthecium americanum