Piriqueta, Pitted stripeseed
Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana

Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 4-8 inches in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Growth Rate:
Southern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key; also collected once on Key Largo, but perhaps introduced there.
Pinelands, prairies and marshes.
Moist to seasonally wet, well- to moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, about 3/4" wide.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak spring-fall.
Inconspicuous, globose 3-valved capsule containing light brown to gray pitted seeds.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host for Gulf fritillary butterflies. For an excellent article on uses by Gulf fritillary butterflies and other insects see this article by Rufino Osorio in The Palmetto.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley