U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Peter’s Mountain Mallow
Description - Peters Mountain sweat bees and germination is References
mallow is known only from a single enhanced by fire.
population on Peters Mountain in Dunscomb, J.K., R. Edwards, and
Giles County, Virginia above the Conservation - The Peters M. Lipscomb. 1997. Prescribed
New River at The Narrows. This Mountain mallow was federally listed burn and monitoring studies for the
species was first discovered in 1927. as an endangered species on June 11, Peters mountain mallow (Iliamna
It is a perennial herb that grows up to 1986. Recovery efforts for this plant corei). The Nature Conservancy,
3.5 feet tall and has large, pink, are going well. However, several Virginia Field Office Technical
odorless flowers two inches in aspects of the plant’s life history and Report 97-3.
diameter. environment present obstacles to the
establishment of a self-maintaining Porter, D.M. 1991. Peters mountain
Life History - This plant is found in population, including disruption of a mallow. 1991. Pages 130-133 in K.
pockets of shallow soil on an outcrop natural fire regime, small population Terwilliger, ed. Virginia’s
of sandstone on a northwest-facing size, threat of herbivory, and weak Endangered Species, Proceedings of
slope approximately 3,000 feet seed dispersal. Other threats include a Symposium. McDonald and
above sea level. The population is competition from other plants, W oodward Publishing Company,
growing in a forest with a few pines. shading due to growth of the Blacksburg, Virginia.
It appears to grow best in full overhead forest canopy, and
sunlight, but can tolerate some shade. unauthorized collection. U.S. Fish and W ildlife Service.
Peters Mountain mallow can produce Accumulation of leaf litter may also 1990. Peters mountain mallow
fifteen to twenty blooms during the hinder seed germination. Since 1992, (Iliamna corei) recovery plan.
flowering season of June through prescribed burns have occurred in Newton Corner, Massachusetts.
August. Fruiting takes place from and around the species’ habitat,
July through October. This species greatly aiding in the conservation of
reproduces by seeds and asexually. this species.
The flowers are apparently pollinated
primarily by W hat You Can Do To Help - W hen
visiting Peters Mountain and The
Narrows follow all signs and do not
enter restricted areas. For
information about The Narrows
Virginia Department of
Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
217 Governor Street, 3rd Floor
U.S. Fish and W ildlife Service Richmond, Virginia 23219
Virginia Field Office (804) 786-7951
6669 Short Lane
Gloucester, Virginia 23061