A frequent understory wildlflower in open coastal area; rarer inland.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small creeping herb with attractive clusters of yellow flowers.
Typically 3-6 inches tall. Spreading and forming small, open patches.
Eastern peninsular Florida from the Monroe County Keys north to Brevard County; West Indies, southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America and South America; perhaps escaped from cultivation in Sarasota County and elsewhere. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys.
Pinelands, beach dunes and coastal thickets.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
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:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Yellow with red stripes.
Brown inflated pod (legume). Seeds "rattle" when the fruit is ripe.
Can be grown from seed.
A good plant for open, disturbed sites near the coast.
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
Keith A. Bradley
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.