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Water dropwort, Water cowbane
Oxypolis filiformis
Apiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet to moist wildlfower and butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower with wiry stems.
Dimensions:
About 2-3 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Bahamas and Cuba.
Habitats:
Marshes.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
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.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy inflorescence.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
A pair of inconspicuous carpels pendent from a supporting axis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) butterflies.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley