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Alligatorflag, Fireflag
Thalia geniculata
Marantaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Water gardens and along pond and lake edges.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Large herb.

Dimensions: Typically 3-6 feet in height. Spreads and forms large patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Swamps, marshes and wet disturbed sites.

Soils: Wet, poorly-drained organic soils.

Nutritional Requirements: High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.

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: Purple.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Urticle.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for Brazilian skipper (Calpodes ethlius) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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