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Yellow colicroot
Aletris lutea
Nartheciaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small to medium wildflower.

Dimensions: Basal rosette about 3-6 inches in height; to 3 feet when in flower. About as wide as tall except when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Moist pinelands and prairies.

Soils: Moist to wet, seasonally inundated calcareous or sandy soils, without humusy top layer.

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: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Dull yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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