Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Larval Host Plant (moths):
Radcliffe’s Dagger Moth
Gorgeous fall color. Neat form. Edible “superfood” fruit. Spring blooms. There’s a lot to like about this moderate-height shrub. In the wild, it grows in both wetlands and on hot, dry ridgelines — from cracks in rocks! It’s versatile and forms attractive thickets which provide habitat for song birds. Its fruits are very high in antioxidants and make an enjoyable juice and preserves – they are not very sweet when ripe.
Hosts Coral and Striped Hairstreaks, and moths. See below.
Height: 3′ – 8′ Blooms: May
Siting: Wet to dry, sun to part shade
Deer Resistance: Moderate