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Alligatorflag, Fireflag
Thalia geniculata
Marantaceae


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.
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.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Susan Trammell
Shirley Denton
Susan Trammell
Shirley Denton
Chuck McCartney