General Landscape Uses:
Wildflower or rock gardens in the Florida Keys.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A somewhat rare element of coastal hammock edges and thickets.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants
Small to medium wildflower.
Typically 10-15 inches in height. Sprawling and usually broader than tall.
Monroe County Keys; Cuba, Grand Cayman and Belize. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently absent to the north of Windley Key.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes from South Florida north to southern Brevard, Osceola, Polk, and Pasco counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Coastal hammocks and thickets.
Moist, well-drained limestone or calcareous sandy soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without significant injury.
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Heads bright blue.
Showy, 1/4" wide.
Can be grown from seed.
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.