General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 4-8 inches in height. Taller than broad.
Widespread in eastern North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; very rare and primarily growing as an ephemeral weed in Miami-Dade County.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Open disturbed sites.
Moist, well drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Pale to dark blue.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for common buckeye (Junonia coenia