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American bluehearts
Buchnera americana
Orobanchaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: Frequent but rarely abundant in a wide variety of ecosystems.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium erect wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 6-12 inches in height; up to 24 inches in flower. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Widespread in eastern North America west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America (Trinidad). Rare in the Florida Keys.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands, prairies and open, coastal areas.

Soils: Moist to wet, well-drained to poorly-drained sandy or limestone soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White or violet.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous spherical capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for common buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterflies.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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